The actor took the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California Sunday evening, and wound down his acceptance speech by saying, “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play” his winning role of Dick Cheney.
The actor also thanked his wife Sibi Blazic, who told him “less is more,” when it comes to his acceptance speech. “Thank you for that advice,” Bale said as the crowd burst into laughter.
Bale also thanked his children and his fellow actors in the film.
For the trophy, Bale beat out fellow nominees Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), Robert Redford (The Old Man & The Gun), and John C. Reilly (Stan & Ollie).