The Fighter actor Christian Bale had a lot to say after winning Best Supporting Actor at the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards.  Most memorably, he took time to praise his wife of nearly 11 years, Sibi Blazic, reports People.  “I get choked up about that stuff,” Bale explained while tearing up.  “It’s everything because I truly believe you can’t celebrate [success] without having your partner with you.”  Bale appreciates his wife’s steadfast and loyal personality.  “Making movies takes so much time,” said the actor.  “It’s not just the time when you’re filming. The character is born long before the first day of shooting and so [my wife] had to be married to so many different characters over our marriage.  I know that it truly would be impossible to do it without her.”

What are ways to celebrate success with your partner?

Cupid’s Advice:

After a long while with your partner, it’s easy to take things for granted.  Every now and then it’s important to appreciate what you have.  Here are a few ways to celebrate:

1. Have a heartfelt conversation: While sharing your most honest thoughts with your partner may seem corny, try putting aside all embarrassment and tell your partner how happy you are to have reached this point in your life.

2. Go out for dinner: After a particularly stressful week, try treating your partner to dinner at a restaurant the two of you reserve for special occasions.  Use the dinner as a “thank you” to your partner.

3. Take your Thanksgivings seriously: For many, the Thanksgiving holiday has become more about food than appreciation.  Next year, try letting the holiday truly hit home, and show you’re grateful for the blessings you share with your partner.