By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO and JOHN WOOLARD
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz won the Oscar for best supporting actor tonight for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-era drama “Django Unchained,” while the visually rich “Life of Pi” took home a pair of early technical honors.
Waltz, 56, won the same award for another Tarantino film, 2009′s “Inglourious Basterds,” and the actor heaped praise on the director while accepting his latest statuette at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
“We participated in a hero’s journey, the hero here being Quentin,” Waltz said while accepting the award at the 85th annual Academy Awards. “You scaled the mountain because you’re not afraid of it. You slay the dragon because you’re not afraid of it and you cross through fire because it’s worth it. I borrowed my character’s words. I’m sorry I couldn’t resist.”
Waltz, who also won a Golden Globe for his “Django” work, emerged victorious from a highly competitive field of candidates that included Screen Actors Guild Award winner Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln,” Robert De Niro of “Silver Linings Playbook,” Alan Arkin of “Argo” and Philip Seymour Hoffman of “The Master.”
Director Ang Lee’s fantasy film “Life of Pi” won Oscars for cinematography for Claudio Miranda and visual effects for Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott.
Disney’s “Brave” won the Oscar for best animated feature, and co- director Brenda Chapman thanked her “wonderful, strong, beautiful daughter, who inspired ‘Brave’ into being.”
John Kahr’s “Paperman” won for best animated short film.
The Oscar for costume design when to Jacqueline Durran for “Anna Karenina” while Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell won the prize for hairstyling and makeup for “Les Miserables.”
Shawn Christensen won the Oscar for his live-action short “Curfew.”
The award for documentary short subject went to Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine for “Inocente.”
“Searching for Sugar Man,” the story of two South Africans who set out in search of 1970s rock star Rodriguez, received the Oscar for best documentary feature.
The Austrian film “Amour” — a French-language drama about a married pair of retired music teachers whose love is tested when the woman suffers a stroke — won the Oscar for best foreign language film. The movie was the fifth in Oscar history to be nominated for both foreign language film and best picture.