Christian Bale won the 2011 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in “The Fighter.” Bale was nominated in this category for the first time in his career, and it was definitely for a performance that he poured his heart into within the film. When he went up to give his speech, Dicky Eklund came out to surprise him on the stage, and Bale was quite ecstatic about it. Eklund was the man who Bale played in “The Fighter”, and Bale thanked him for living the life that let him have this role.
It’s surprising that it took so long for Bale to be nominated like this, and he was well-deserving in this category. It was a tough category, especially up against Geoffrey Rush from “The King’s Speech” and Jeremy Renner from “The Town” as other nominees. It was also fitting that Amy Adams and Mark Wahlberg came up on stage to present the fifth entry for Best Cast in a Motion Picture, which was their film “The Fighter.” Bale has long deserved to win an award such as this, and now he can set it next to his award from the 2011 Golden Globes.
This could definitely be one of those instances where the SAG voting dictates who might win the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars.
2011 SAG Nominees for OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christian Bale (The Fighter) *WINNER*
John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)
2011 Live SAG Presentation on TNT