Christian Bale has picked up one of the most coveted awards at the 2019 Golden Globes and backed it up with what we’ll call an unconventional acceptance speech.
Bale won Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) for his portrayal of former Vice President Dick Cheney in political satire Vice, for which the actor bleached his eyebrows and gained close to 20 kilograms.
The 44-year-old took to the microphone shortly after accepting the award to thank director Adam McKay for allowing him to play someone “absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody” before suggesting he’s “cornering the market” on playing “charisma-free assholes”.
But it was his next line that took the cake: “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.”
It was a particularly confusing moment for anyone who tuned in seconds before the comment, especially those who hadn’t seen the film.
But what’s more alarming than an A-list actor thanking the personification of pure evil on live television is the sheer number of viewers were shocked to discover he’s not American. Who knew talent could possibly originate from somewhere other than the States?
— Greg R (@replica2618) January 7, 2019
How did I not know that Christian Bale was British? 🤔
— Rha M (@RhaM47882392) January 7, 2019
I was today years old when I found out Christian Bale is British #GoldenGlobes
— Mashable (@mashable) January 7, 2019
"Christian Bale is British" is trending. How is it that so many of us didnt know Christian Bale is British? Did we cross over into another timeline? 😂😂 #GoldenGlobes
— KraziliaLove (@KraziliaLove) January 7, 2019
Hahaha. Yep. Was totally caught off guard by Christian Bale. Bloody well done accents.
— Carrie (@cawilliamson) January 7, 2019
Bale snagged the award ahead of a strong field of nominees: Lin-Manuel Miranda for Mary Poppins Returns, Robert Redford for The Old Man and the Gun, Viggo Mortensen for Green Book and John C. Reilly for Stan & Ollie.