Thompson on Hollywood

"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.