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Oscar winners 2011: Christian Bale wins Academy Award for 'The Fighter'

02/27/2011 by Corinne Heller

Christian Bale won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role on Sunday for his role in "The Fighter," marking the actor's first win and nomination.

He beat John Hawkes of "Winter's Bone," Mark Ruffalo of "The Kids Are All Right," Jeremy Renner of "The Town" and Geoffrey Rush of "The King's Speech."

"The Fighter" tells of real-life boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, and how his brother Dicky Eklund, played by Bale, helped him before he went pro in the mid 1980s. Amy Adams plays Ward's love interest, a cocktail waitress named Charlene.

The film has been nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Bale won a Golden Globe in January for his performance in "The Fighter."

"It's such an honor," Bale said. "To Melissa, I'm not going to drop the F-bomb like she did. I've done that plenty before."

Earlier, Leo won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and dropped an expletive during her acceptance speech. She later apologized.

Bale made headlines in 2009 after he dropped the 'F-Bomb' several times during a confrontation on the set of the movie "Terminator Salvation," which was captured on tape and put on the Internet. He also apologized publicly for his words.

In his acceptance speech, Bale also plugged the website of the real Dicky Eklund, saying: "Dicky and Micky, where my quacker? Is he up there? Dicky's out there somewhere mate, eh mate? He's had a wonderful story and I can't wait to see the next chapter of his story, you know? If you wanna, if you wanna be a champ, if you wanna get trained with him go meet with him. Dickeklund.com, go do it. Check him out, ok. Alright, he deserves it."

Bale said he plans to give his Oscar to his and wife Sandra's 6-year-old daughter, Emme, telling reporters backstage: "I know I'll get home and my daughter will say, thank you very much, and take that and stick it wherever she wants."

The actor is also known for playing Batman in the new films by Christopher Nolan, including the upcoming third installment, "The Dark Knight Rises."

"I'm in the middle of filming a movie in China right now," Bale said backstage. "When I finish the movie in China, it's straight on to "Batman." So absolutely, much more "Batman."

The actor appears in the 2012 movie "The 13 Women of Nanjing," which is set in 1937 and tells of Chinese sex workers who volunteer to replace university students as escorts for invading Japanese soldiers, according to preliminary casting lists.

Bale has revealed that the next "Batman" film, which is set for release on July 20, 2012 shall be his last. The previous installment, "The Dark Knight" has made more than $1.1 billion worldwide.

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