Christoph Waltz has won the first Oscar of the 2013 ceremony for best supporting actor.
The 56-year-old - who played Dr King Schultz in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained - had already picked up awards at the Golden Globes and Baftas for best supporting actor.
After accepting his award, Waltz said: "My unlimited gratitude goes to Dr King Schultz, that is of course to his creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world, Quentin Tarantino. I thank Jamie Foxx and Leo Dicaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerri Washington.
"We've participated in a hero's journey - the hero here being Quentin. You scale the mountain because you're not afraid of it. You cross through fire because it's worth it - I borrowed my character's words, sorry I couldn't resist."