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Waltz is respectful to the company he keeps

Christoph Waltz, fresh off winning one of the most competetive Oscar categories in recent memory -- all five Supporting Actor nominees were previous Oscar winners -- was admittedly caught off guard when he heard his name called from the Oscar stage.

Asked how he felt about winning his second Supprting Actor Oscar in three years, Waltz said simply, "Guess." Then, he paid tribute to the competition. "I was on a list with the greatest actors around," he said backstage. "How do you think someone feels when his name is called in that context?"

He also gave short shrift to a question about how he felt, having won an Oscar for what is now the highest-grossing Western ever. "I'm just an actor, not an accountant," he said.

Waltz also noted repeatedly that he only won his Oscar about seven minutes ago, and wouldn't speculate on what the future may hold. Asked anyway if "Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino, whose films have resulted in a pair of Oscars for Waltz, had offered him any more parts, Waltz offered an indulgent smile and said, simply, "No."


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