The winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor goes to Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds! Were we really surprised? The Austrian actor has swept every major film award this year and now he’s taken home the big one, the Oscar. In his acceptance speech he mentioned Quentin Tarantino, and said there’s no way he can ever thank him enough. As usual he was graceful, articulate, and genuine.

Take a look at his acceptance speech…

The nominees for Best Supporting Actor were:

Matt Damon – Invictus – Set during Nelson Mandela’s presidency in South Africa, he tries to bring down the racial barriers that were previously enforced by the apartheid system of government, and plans on using the sport of rugby to do it. He enlists the help of Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), the captain of the South African Springboks, in hopes that he can take the team to the World Cup Championship.

Woody Harrelson – The Messenger – A solider (Ben Foster) is pulled been from battle and is paired-up with a seasoned officer (Woody Harrelson) to do possibly the hardest job in the army — inform people that their loved have been killed. The young solider gets in trouble when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.

Christopher Plummer – The Last Station – A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones – Based on the best selling book by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones is told from the perspective of Susan Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year-old suburban girl who is raped and murdered by her neighbor (Stanley Tucci) on her way home from school. After her murder, she lives in the “in between” and watches her family adjust to her being gone and tries to help them find her killer.

Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds – Set during WWII in Nazi-occupied France, where a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are sent in to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by killing Nazis in as many obscene ways as possible.

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