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Live at the Oscars: Supporting Actor Goes to Bale for The Fighter, In a Better World Wins Foreign

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2011 at 2:28AM

"You're the best," Christian Bale says to the man he played in The Fighter, Dicky Eklund, as he accepts the best supporting actor Oscar, and pitches his website (UPDATE: which promptly crashed). Bale was considered the front runner and didn't have to campaign for the prize, as he was shooting a film in China, he said. Backstage when someone asked him what he thought of Charlie Sheen's escapades, he said, "I was in China. No internet." Winning an Oscar does not mean that he doesn't have to shoot the next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Here's more from Bale's acceptance speech and backstage interview.
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"You're the best," Christian Bale says to the man he played in The Fighter, Dicky Eklund, as he accepts the best supporting actor Oscar, and pitches his website (UPDATE: which promptly crashed). Bale was considered the front runner and didn't have to campaign for the prize, as he was shooting a film in China, he said. Backstage when someone asked him what he thought of Charlie Sheen's escapades, he said, "I was in China. No internet." Winning an Oscar does not mean that he doesn't have to shoot the next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Here's more from Bale's acceptance speech and backstage interview.

Susanne Bier wins the Oscar for best foreign film for In a Better World, and thanks Sony Pictures Classics. The foreign category was competitive; Bier's was perhaps the most accessible of the films, while still quite serious. It was a three way race among In a Better World, Biutiful and Incendies. Here's more from Bier's acceptance speech and backstage interview, and my flip cam interview.

This article is related to: Awards, Genres, Oscars, Foreign


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.