Austrian actor Christoph Waltz took home the first Oscar trophy in the best supporting actor category for his diabolical turn as Nazi officer Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino directed Inglorious Basterds.
The actor was the first to win at the 82nd Oscar ceremony, which began today. It is also the first Oscar trophy for the veteran stage and television actor.
Waltz, 53, beat Hollywood veterans like Matt Damon for Invictus, Woody Harrelson for The Messenger Christopher Plummer for The Last Station and Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones.
Guests arrived on the red carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards.
Australian actor Sam Worthington, who was the star of blockbuster Avatar, was among the early arrivals at the Kodak Theatre.
Up In the Air actor Anna Kendrick, who has been nominated for best supporting actress, said that she suffered a last minute wardrobe crisis before finally settling for a pink gown.
Another best supporting actor nominee, comedienne Mo'Nique, said she felt privileged to be part of the awards.