Christoph Waltz Takes Best Supporting Actor Oscar

We knew it.

We love it.

Christoph Waltz has bagged the Best Supporting Actor prize at the 82nd Oscars for his brilliant performance as the Nazi Col Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

Look at what wrote in the review of Inglourious Basterds in August last year:


The best thing about Inglourious Basterds is not Tarantino as it usually is with the director’s other movies.

For us, the marvelous revelation and discovery with Inglourious Basterds is above all Christoph Waltz.

An Austrian actor, Waltz is drop-dead brilliant (any less a word would be an insult, folks) in his portrayal of the Nazi officer and “Jew Hunter” Col. Hans Landa.

By turns endearingly smiling, casually witty, unfailingly polite and menacingly violent, Waltz as Col Landa turns in one of the finest performances we’ve seen on the big screen in a long time.

In one of the memorable scenes, with a smile that you know portends grave danger to come anon, Col. Landa tells the French dairy farmer LaPadite:

I love rumors. Facts could be misleading. Rumor, true or false, could be revealing.

Or as he makes the distinction between himself and other German soldiers:

I can think like a Jew. They can think only like a German or more precisely like a German soldier.

Any surprise then that Waltz walked off with the Best Actor award at the Cannes festival in May.


Landa’s rivals for the high honor tonight were:

Matt Damon for Invictus (2009)

Woody Harrelson for The Messenger (2009/I)

Christopher Plummer for The Last Station (2009)

Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones (2009)

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