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Director Michael Haneke

Oscars for Haneke and Waltz

One Oscar for Michael Haneke's film "Amour" and the second Oscar for Christoph Waltz as best supporting actor: Vienna congratulates the two winners from Austria!

Director Michael Haneke with Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant Haneke with Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant on the film set
Movie Poster for "Amour"
Christoph Waltz in the movie "Django Unchained" Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained"

At this year's Academy Awards on 24 February 2013, there were six nominations for Austria: The death drama "Amour" ("Love") by director Michael Haneke entered the race in five main categories and ultimately received the Oscar for best film in a foreign language. Viennese-born Christoph Waltz was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Quentin Tarantino's film "Django Unchained" as best supporting actor and also took the Hollywood trophy home with him.

Three years ago, director Michael Haneke and actor Christoph Waltz, both of whom live in Vienna, were in the race for the coveted film industry award. In 2010, Haneke was nominated for an Oscar for the film "The White Ribbon", and Waltz was awarded the Oscar for best supporting actor for his portrayal of an unscrupulous SS officer in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds".

In the history of the Oscars, there have so far been 116 nominations for Austria. This year, the number has risen to 121, not including the nomination for the French leading actress of "Amour", Emmanuelle Riva. Thirty-four Austrians (in exile) have actually held the coveted statue in their hands. The most famous of them was Billy Wilder. The director who fled the Nazis to the US received six Oscars and an award for his life's work. The awards for best actor in a leading role went to Maximilian Schell for "Das Urteil von Nürnberg" (1961) and Paul Muni for "The Story of Louis Pasteur" (1936).