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Golden Globes: Ryan Kavanaugh gets his credit

January 16, 2011 |  5:52 pm

Bale After losing appeals for producing credit with both the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the Producers Guild of America, financier/producer Ryan Kavanaugh finally got some awards-season love for his work on the "The Fighter" at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

When Christian Bale accepted the supporting actor award for his performance in the boxing drama, he made a point of singling out Kavanaugh for thanks. "Ryan!" Bale said. "That was a deal we just made."

Asked about the comment backstage, Bale said, "Ryan had had me saying I owed him a free movie, I had to get paid nothing to do a movie for him on the next one, so he said if I thanked him personally he'd let me off and actually pay me for the next movie we do. So that was the payoff."

Kavanaugh appeared to be taking no chances that he would get left out at this awards show. On the red carpet, he walked with the movie's star (and PGA-credited producer) Mark Wahlberg. Even E!'s Ryan Seacrest, who rarely singles out a producer or exec when flashier figures abound, made a point of acknowledging Kavanaugh as producer.

-- Rebecca Keegan

Photo: Christian Bale holds up his trophy during the Golden Globes. Credit: Associated Press / Mark J. Terrill

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