Oscars 2013: Christoph Waltz of 'Django Unchained' wins Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz has won the 2013 Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," marking the Austrian star's second win and nomination.
The winners were announced at a live ceremony that took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and aired live on ABC on Sunday, February 24. Waltz beat Alan Arkin of "Argo," Philip Seymour Hoffman of "The Master," Robert De Niro of Silver Linings Playbook" and Tommy Lee Jones of "Lincoln."
"We participated in the hero's journey -- the hero here being Quentin," Waltz said in his acceptance speech. "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 fire because its worth it."
Tarantino's film's title was inspired by the 1966 Western "Django." Jamie Foxx plays the title character, an African-American slave who makes a deal with a bounty hunter, played by Waltz, to try to secure his freedom and also find and free his wife, played by Kerry Washington, from an evil plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
"Django Unchained" earned five Oscar nominations, including Writing (Original Screenplay) for Tarantino. He did not earn a nod for directing. Foxx, Washington and DiCaprio were also snubbed.
This marks the second Oscar win for Waltz, who won a Golden Globe in January for his performance in "Django Unchained." He won an Oscar for his role as a Nazi officer in Tarantino's 2009 movie "Inglourious Basterds."
Tarantino has been nominated for an Oscar a total of five times and has until this year won one -- in 1994, he shared the award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for "Pulp Fiction" with screenwriter Roger Avary.
The movie has stirred controversy over not only its sensitive subject matter, but its repeated use of a racial slur throughout the film. Director Spike Lee, a longtime advocate of civil rights known for helming the 1992 film "Malcolm X," said in December that he would boycott the movie, adding on his Twitter page: "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them. (sic)"
Italian director Sergio Leone made many Spaghetti Western films, including the 1966 classic "A Fistful of Dollars."
Tarantino addressed the controversy over the use of the racial slur, telling MTV News: "I think it's kind of ridiculous because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi, so since they can't say that, what they're basically saying is, 'I should lie, I should pretty it up. I should lie' and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell.'
Washington, who is known for her role on the ABC political drama series "Scandal," told OTRC.com in September 2012 that "Django Unchained was "a very tough film" to make.
"[Django Unchained] was set in the context of slavery, so the subject matter was challenging," she added. "But [Foxx's] character is such a hero and it's such a story of love overcoming the evils of slavery, so it was an honor to do it."
Watch the trailer for "Django Unchained" below.