Christian Bale and Melissa Leo both took home Golden Globes last night (January 16) for their work in the critically acclaimed Micky Ward biopic The Fighter.
Bale won Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the jovial but troubled trainer Dick Eklund, brother of contender “Irish” Micky Ward. As with his role in The Machinist, Bale slimmed down considerably to showcase a physical appearance that reflected Eklund’s struggles with crack addiction. Bale beat out Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Jeremy Renner (The Town), and Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) to win his first Golden Globe.
Melissa Leo won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Alice Eklund, the outspoken matriarch of the Ward/Eklund clan, and Micky Ward’s manager. She runs into conflict with her son Dicky over his worsening drug condition, and Micky over his decision to date and fellow the career advice of bartender girlfriend Charlene Fleming, played by Amy Adams. Initially, the 50-year-old Leo expressed reluctance of taking the part, believing she was too young to play a mother to Bale (37) and Wahlberg (39). Leo’s Golden Globe win beats out co-star Amy Adams (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), Mila Kunis (Black Swan), and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom).
Both Leo and Bale are expected to receive Oscar nominations later this year.