BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Christian Bale has won the supporting-actor Golden Globe for his role as a former boxer whose career unraveled amid drugs and crime in "The Boxer."

The first prize at Sunday's Globes, the win boosts the Academy Awards prospects for Bale, the star of Hollywood's current "Batman" franchise, who is favored to win supporting-actor at the Feb. 27 Oscars.

Bale seems to be on the same awards track as his "Batman" co-star, the late Heath Ledger, was two years ago, when he won supporting actor at the Globes for "The Dark Knight" on the way to earning a posthumous Oscar.

"The Fighter" also is competing for best drama at the Globes, along with "Black Swan," "Inception," "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network."