Waltz's waltz anything but inglorious

It’s been a charmed year for Christoph Waltz, who seized supporting-actor front-runner status at Cannes and has only expanded his shiny hardware collection since then.

Waltz’s performance as Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious Basterds” has been honored by almost every major critics group, and he won both the SAG and Golden Globe awards.

The mix of contenders has been stable, with the nominations for most kudos coinciding with Oscar’s picks of Matt Damon for “Invictus,” Woody Harrelson for “The Messenger,” Christopher Plummer for “The Last Station” and Stanley Tucci for “The Lovely Bones.” Only Christian McKay of “Me and Orson Welles” and Alfred Molina for “An Education” made any additional noise.

Harrelson notably earned the supporting actor award from the National Board of Review, one of the few honors not won by Waltz.

Damon and Harrelson each have previous noms, though it’s been at least a dozen years since their last shot at an acting Oscar, while Plummer and Tucci are well-regarded actors enjoying first-ever Oscar party invites.

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