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Austria's Waltz takes Cannes best actor prize as polyglot Nazi

2009-05-25 06:14:04 GMT2009-05-25 14:14:04 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Austrian soap star Christoph Waltz, pictured on May 20, 2009, clinched the best actor award in Cannes Sunday for his role as a multilingual Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds. (AFP Photo)

Austrian soap star Christoph Waltz clinched the best actor award in Cannes Sunday for his role as a multilingual Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds."

Waltz plays the smooth-talking villain of the flick, SS colonel Hans Landa, whose memorable one-liners had the Cannes audience chortling throughout the film.

Critics widely agreed that the 52-year-old -- who spent most of his career in television acting -- outshone a star cast that included Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger or rising Irish star Michael Fassbender.

(Agencies)

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