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Christoph Waltz took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Django Unchained and became perhaps the biggest surprise winner of the night.
Waltz, an Austrian actor who played a bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s film alongside Jamie Foxx, beat out favorites like Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones.
Waltz also won an Oscar in 2009 for his role in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.
De Niro was predicted to be the winner of the Supporting Actor category for his role as Bradley Cooper’s father in Silver Linings Playbook.
Dance choreographer Ian Eastwood tweeted in reaction to Waltz’s win, saying, “WOW how about Christoph Waltz's speech-so heartfelt, humble, & thankful to Tarentino [sic]. LOVE watching people speak articulately and passionately.”
During his speech, Waltz bowed to the other nominees in his category and expressed his gratitude to Tarantino for creating his character.
In his speech, Waltz said, “We participated in a hero's journey, the hero here being Quentin. You scaled the mountain because you're not afraid of it. You slayed the dragon because you're not afraid of it, and you crossed through the fire because it's worth it. I borrowed my character's words. Sorry. Thank you."
After the ceremony, Waltz told E! News, “I was on a list with the greatest actors around. How do you think someone feels when all of a sudden, his name is called in that context? I can't tell you.”