Christian Bale won the Oscar for supporting actor for his performance in “The Fighter” at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night. It’s the first Oscar win for the 37-year-old British actor, who plays a former pro boxer fighting drug addiction. Bale was considered to be in a heated race with “The King’s Speech’s” Geoffrey Rush as the favorite in this category. Bale previously received honors from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Critics’ Choice, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild.
In addition to Rush, Bale was competing against John Hawkes for “Winter’s Bone,” Jeremy Renner for “The Town” and Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids Are All Right.”
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Photo: Christian Bale accepts his Oscar. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times