Christian Bale at the Oscars: ‘It’s straight to Batman. Much more Batman’

Feb. 28, 2011 | 5:02 p.m.
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Christian Bale at the 83rd Academy Awards (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

It was unquestionably a milestone moment for supporting actor Oscar winner Christian Bale, who took home one of cinema’s most coveted prizes for his depiction of real-life boxer/crack addict Dicky Eklund in David O. Russell’s Boston-set boxing drama “The Fighter” on Sunday night. But in the press room backstage after his turn at the Academy Awards podium, Bale offered one bit of encouraging news for fans of another of his widely admired roles. “I’m in the middle of filming a movie in China,” said Bale, sporting a bushy beard for his part in Zhang Yimou’sThe 13 Women of  Nanjing.” “When I finish the movie in China, it’s straight to Batman. Much more Batman.”

Bale, of course, was referring to his third collaboration with director Christopher Nolan on their blockbuster franchise, the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is set to go before cameras soon.

Admittedly, there wasn’t too much talk about other superhero films — the newly crowned best picture Oscar winner “The King’s Speech” comes up a little short in the capes department — but that doesn’t mean that Sunday’s 83rd Academy Awards were completely unkind to fan favorite films and filmmakers. In fact, the evening started off particularly well with prizes for art direction and cinematography going to, respectively, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland” and Nolan’s “Inception,” the first of four prizes the mind-bending heist thriller would receive.

“The intention was always for us to make a blockbuster,” Nolan said at the ceremony Sunday. “But to have a movie that’s science fiction and has all the effects is really nice. It’s encouraging that the academy is recognizing a movie like this too.”

Although Nolan lost the Oscar for original screenplay to 73-year-old “King’s Speech” scribe David Seidler, he did receive plenty of love from the members of his “Inception” team who took to the stage to accept gold statuettes. Cinematographer Wally Pfister, who collaborated with Nolan on “Memento,” “Insomnia,” “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige” and “The Dark Knight,” referred to him as “my master” in his acceptance speech, and the movie’s sound mixers, sound editors and visual effects supervisors also thanked the writer-director.

“Alice in Wonderland” also picked up the prize for costume design for Colleen Atwood, and Rick Baker and Dave Elsey won the Oscar for their makeup on “The Wolfman.” From the stage, Elsey made a point to thank, “Universal Studios for the legacy of horror monsters that we love so much.”

“It was always my ambition to lose an Oscar to Rick Baker,” he added. “This is much better.”

— Gina McIntyre, with reporting by Yvonne Villarreal and Steven Zeitchik


8 Responses to Christian Bale at the Oscars: ‘It’s straight to Batman. Much more Batman’

  1. eddie kautz says:

    i think after what The Dark Knight achieved producing arguably one of the best acting performances(Heath Ledger). Batman should be pushed further by letting christian bale play a more darker and disturbed hero. he is more then capable of doing it. pretty much just put any other super hero movies to shame. with the same ol' good guy shtick. that would be a first for a main character hero to be up for best actor. anyways i think if they did more of a serious behind the mask inside the head of batman it would just set new standards for hero. Christian bale is awesome and needs to mix a lil American psycho in batman. maybe not to that extent but u get the picture

  2. Verizon Wireless says:

    that's the stupidest movie suggestion I've ever heard Eddie, and I have hear the whoppers.

  3. Harriet Bee says:

    After seeing that lard-butt Christian Bale at the Oscars, I'm thinking he needs to drop some serious weight before he slips back into the Batman costume. He seems to have really packed it on to play Dicky Eklund in 'The Fighter.' Jenny Craig anybody?

  4. Mamie says:

    Harriet….Christian Bale LOST weight to play the part of Dicky Eklund. Time to have your vision checked, kid.

    • Harriet Bee says:

      Confused much, Mamie? You must mean some other Christian Bale – because the one I saw at the Oscars was a bucket of goo. Maybe you are thinking of Christian SLATER. He's quite thin.

      • Peter says:

        Umm…Harriet…you stated in your comment above that Christian Bale must have really packed on the pounds to play Dicky Eklund in THE FIGHTER. Mamie correctly pointed out that Bale had to LOSE WEIGHT to play Dicky (if you would have seen the movie, you would clearly see that he lost a boatload of weight for the role). As the article above says, HE’S CURRENTLY IN CHINA FILMING “The 13 Women of Nanjing”. Since this would be the movie currently filming when he accepted his Best Supporting Actor award, Mamie would be very very correct.

  5. Guest says:

    DKR will be their 4th collaboration, right?

  6. Bulk Board says:

    I've seen this movie many times over and I loved it. I want to see more Batman, because I'm a lifetime fan!

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