• Christoph Waltz Surprised by His Oscar Victory


    HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Best supporting actor Oscar winner Christoph Waltz said tonight he was as surprised as anyone that he won for his role as Dr. King Schultz in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”     When asked backstage if he was shocked when his name was called, Waltz said: “I still am. That’s why my answers are somewhat incoherent. I was on a list with some of the greatest actors around.”

    He was referring to competitors Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”), Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”) and Alan Arkin (“Argo”), who — along with Waltz — have seven Oscars and 21 nominations among them.

    Waltz spent years in relative anonymity, acting primarily in German films before he was noticed by “Django” director Quentin Tarantino, who previously cast the Austrian actor in “Inglourious Basterds,” for which he won his first Oscar in a supporting role in 2009.

    “Quentin writes poetry and I like poetry,” Waltz said. “When I read the script for the first time, I realized it was something special in the making.”

    Waltz demurred when asked if his two consecutive Oscars under Tarantino’s tutelage have emboldened him to approach the offbeat director about a possible third role in the near future.   ”This is only about seven minutes old, so somehow I forgot to capture the moment to tell Quentin I was around,” he said.   ”Django” is the highest-grossing western in Hollywood history, but Waltz was unwilling to offer insight on financial matters.

    “I’m just an actor, not an accountant,” he said.

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