For our 2013 Great Performances portfolio, TIME spoke with Christoph Waltz, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the role of Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained.
Performance: Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (Oscar nomination, Best Supporting Actor)
As a bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s antebellum riff on the spaghetti western, Waltz reunites with his Inglourious Basterds director, “who knows genres 10 times better than any film professor,” Waltz says. “Quentin can take genres and play on them like an organ.”
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