Bale was clearly pleased, both to win the award and to finally find out who the Hollywood Foreign Press actually is, a group he had encountered at many press junkets in the past.
"I just usually sat there while you argued amongst yourselves," said Bale. "And now I know who you are and suddenly I realize how wise and perceptive those guys really are."
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It was the kind of role that awards voters love, a tortured junkie with messed up teeth and an out-sized personality, and Bale crushed the role of Dickie Eklund, brother of Irish Micky Ward.