Batman and Dark Knight star Christian Bale won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor on Sunday for his role in the boxing movie The Fighter.
The 36-year-old Welsh-born star joked that he wasn't really sure who the Globes' organizers - the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) - were, but now recognizes "how wise and perceptive those guys really are."
Bale's win at the Globes, which launch the multi-billion dollar industry's annual awards season, came fresh from his triumph at the Critics' Choice Awards, and gives him a boost towards a nod for the Oscars late in February.
In The Fighter by David O Russell, 36-year-old Bale plays Dicky, the brother of boxer Micky Ward.
Also nominated for best supporting actor were Michael Douglas for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Andrew Garfield in The Social Network, Jeremy Renner in The Town and Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech.