Christoph Waltz walked away with the best supporting actor Oscar. He was the obvious runaway in this category. While there were a lot of good actors, no one brought the drama and passion to the screen that Christoph Waltz brought to Inglourious Basterds.
Waltz’s tenacious pursuit of Jews, as Col. Hans Landa, in the movie is what made the Oscar nominated movie great. Waltz was an alluring bad guy. It is difficult enough to pull off the role of an authentic bad guy in a movie, but Waltz was able to do it while also being charming. His character was attractive and repulsive at the same time.
It is interesting that Brad Pitt, the star of Inglourious Basterds, hasn’t been around for any of the big award nights. It is also interesting that he has not been nominated in association with the film. It is interesting, but not surprising. Brad Pitt’s portrayal of a redneck soldier who took joy in scalping Germans was almost satirical in light of the film’s significance. Frankly, I don’t like his portrayal of a U.S. soldier. Brad Pitt, of all people, has no business even portraying an American Soldier, and the fact that he acted like an ignorant brute, instead of like a man on a mission made it even worse.
So, kudos to Christoph Waltz and Melanie Laurent for making Inglourious Basterds the tremendous movie that it is. Kudos to Christoph Waltz for winning the Oscar for best supporting actor. His was not a surprising win, but it was a well deserved win.
A little more about Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz is an Austria born actor. He was born October 4, 1956.
Christoph Waltz appeared in a number of foreign television shows and films prior to the filming of Inglourious Basterds. His next film, which is in post-production according to Imdb.com, will be released later this year. Waltz’s notoriety from his Inglourious Basterds performance will likely garner much attention and an extra-ordinary crowd for The Green Hornet.
Water for Elephants and A Little War of Our Own are two films starring Christoph Waltz anticipated to be completed for 2011 release. Up, Up, and Away and The Talking Cure are in development.
It’s great to know that we have more tremendous performances to look forward to from Christoph Waltz.
2010 Oscar Awards, March 7, 2010, ABC live.
Christoph Waltz, Imbd.com
Personal observation and opinion.