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Christian Bale gets Oscar nomination for Cheney portrayal

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Christian Bale — who lashed out at Republicans during a Golden Globes acceptance speech earlier this month — is among the nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards. 

The actor on Tuesday picked up the Oscar nomination in the “Leading Actor” category for his role as former Vice President Dick Cheney in the biopic “Vice.” Amy Adams, who plays the ex-VP’s wife, Lynne Cheney in the film, also received a “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” nomination, while Sam Rockwell was among the “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” nominees for playing former President George W. Bush.

{mosads}While accepting an award at the Golden Globes earlier this month, 44-year-old Bale referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Cheney as “charisma-free assholes.” 

Bale said with a smile that “Vice’s” writer and director, Adam McKay, was tasked with casting somebody “who can be absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody.”

Bale also added, “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.”

The academy recognized a slew of projects featuring many different faces just four years after the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite became popularized as a criticism of a lack of diversity among the nominees and winners.

Veteran filmmaker Spike Lee picked up his first-ever “Best Director” and “Best Picture” nominations for his movie, “BlacKkKlansman.” Lee is just the sixth black filmmaker to be nominated in the directing category. 

“Black Panther” also became the first superhero movie ever nominated in the “Best Picture” category. Other “Best Picture” contenders include: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “Vice” and “A Star is Born.”

The Academy Awards airs Feb. 24 on ABC.

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