A photo of Christoph Waltz in Big Eyes (via Collider).
Oscar History: Two wins from two nominations
Won : Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Won : Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Django Unchained (2012)
Role: Walter Keane, who steals credit for the paintings of his wife, Margaret Keane (Amy Adams)
Why? Waltz has cemented himself as an awards-season favorite by going two-for-two with Oscar. He once again plays a “We love to hate him” character; early word for him is very positive.
Why not? He won for Quentin Tarantino films; he might fare differently under the helm of Tim Burton, who sometimes retains little control over his actors. (Word also suggests that this is a very “loud” performance.) Or maybe Waltz goes supporting – it might be all about Amy Adams, anyway.
Ranking: No. 6 as of Aug. 15, 2014
More on the competition:
Best Actor in a Leading Role 2014
See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: Big Eyes (more)
Best Director 2014: Tim Burton for Big Eyes (more)
Best Actress 2014: Amy Adams for Big Eyes (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Krysten Ritter for Big Eyes (more)
Best Original Screenplay 2014: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for Big Eyes (more)