March 7th, 2010
08:09 PM ET
Best supporting actor nominee Christoph Waltz was the man for whom "Inglourious Basterds" director Quentin Tarantino had been waiting. Until Waltz "waltzed" in (Tarantino's joke, not ours), "Inglourious Basterds" was in danger of being canned.
"It wasn’t worth doing if what I wrote on the page couldn't be captured on the cinema," Tarantino said. Waltz, who isn't placing any bets on who's winning what tonight, said he blushes every time he hears that.
For him, "this is a fresh start. I’ve had a long career, and that career didn’t always go up, but it didn’t always go down either. There was nothing that really pulled me out of this somewhat mediocre puttering about. ['Inglourious Basterds'] definitely did."
Waltz is one of the favorites in the best supporting actor category, and Tarantino also may take home an Oscar tonight for best director. The filmmaker is certainly a Hollywood giant, but thus far, he says his secret to success is pretty simple.
"I just put one foot in front of the other," Tarantino said. "And so far, I haven’t tripped yet."
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