The critics and the awards voters are broadly united: Christian Bale’s transformative performance as Dick Cheney in Vice is the best male performance of the year.
But opinion is more divided on the actor’s acceptance speech at Sunday night’s Golden Globe awards: as well as praise from pundits, the actor’s shoutout to Satan as an inspiration behind his performance as the former US vice president found favour with satanist officials.
“To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential,” tweeted the Church of Satan soon after the actor’s win. “As Mr Bale’s own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting. Hail Christian! Hail Satan!”