“Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for playing this role,” quipped Bale on stage when he accepted his trophy.
The former Vice President’s daughter Liz Cheney, portrayed in the movie by Lily Rabe, was not amused by what appeared to be be a reference to her dad and snapped back on Twitter.
Other than thanking the entity below, Bale expressed gratitude to his wife who told him “less is more.”
“She knows the dumb crap that can come out of my mouth at times,” he added. “I can sink and ruin a perfectly good movie and so-so career in one speech. So thank you for that advice, my love.”
During his speech, he also said that McKay chose Bale to play the former VP because he looked so much liked him. He said McKay wanted to find someone ” absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody.” Bale joked that was the reason why they chose him to play the role.
Bale also added that this may not be the last politician he’ll play. He joked that he might take on the role of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Bale beat out fellow actors John C. Reilly (Stan & Ollie), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns), Robert Redford (The Old Man & the Gun), and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book). He won his first Golden Globe for The Fighter in 2011.
Watch the speech above.