It didn’t take long for the first big upset of Oscar night.
Christoph Waltz claimed the first statuette on Sunday night, winning best supporting actor for his role as a refined bounty hunter in”Django Unchained.”
Waltz and the other nominees _ Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tommy Lee Jones _ all are previous Oscar winners.
Jones and De Niro were considered favorites to win, and Waltz acknowledged them and the other nominees.
“I was on a list with greatest actors around,” he said.
It’s the second Oscar he’s won working with writer-director Quentin Tarantino. The pair teamed in 2010 for “Inglourious Basterds,” the role that gave the Austrian actor U.S. name recognition.
“Quentin writes poetry and I like poetry,” Waltz said backstage.
Waltz briefly found himself in a bizarre moment in the backstage interview room when actor David Arquette popped up and asked if he was excited about the possibility of a black man being chosen as the next pope.
“It would be an exciting thing,” he said. “I’m an adamant non-racist. I don’t care whether the pope is black or white or whatever color. If we are non-racists then we have to stay non-racists all the way.”
_ Beth Harris _ http://www.twitter.com/bethharrisap
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