This year’s Best Supporting Actor category could have gone in any directing, given the fact that all five nominees had won the Oscar before. And when it came time to crown a winner, Oscar reached back into America’s history – well, Quentin Tarantino’s distorted interpretation of our complicated racial history – to reward Django Unchained co-star Christoph Waltz for his portrayal of Dr. King Schultz.
We don't have a copy of Waltz's acceptance speech yet, but here his on ABC's "thank-you cam" backstage:
You can also read the complete transcript of his speech below, straight from the Academy:
Thank you. Thank you so much, Mr. De Niro, Mr. Arkin, Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Jones, my respect. My… my unlimited gratitude goes to Dr. King Schultz. That is, of course, to the creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world – Quentin Tarentino.
Waltz kissed Tarantino before heading to the stage, recognizing the writer-director for giving him both performances that earned him Oscars (the other being Inglorious Basterds). Are these two approaching a Scorsese-De Niro level of collaboration? Can Waltz carve a place in Tarantino’s next picture … if QT ever picks his next project?
Waltz also gets bonus points for starting his acceptance speech by recognizing his four fellow nominees – always the classiest approach to a win. Here’s his speech, if you missed it earlier. It was a strong template for the rest of the evening’s winners to follow: Concise; humble; short on names of people none of us know, humorous; heartfelt; and classy. We can only hope that the rest of the evening’s winners follow his lead.
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