As Oscar night approached, it was a widely held belief that Christoph Waltz would take the Best Supporting Actor statuette for Inglourious Basterds. The belief was so widely held, in fact, that Supporting Actor nominees Matt Damon and Stanley Tucci had an email bet going about who could pull the best face during the post-envelope-reading reaction shots of the losers.
“I was glad to be nominated, but I knew I wasn’t going to win,” Matt told Parade while promoting his new movie, Green Zone. “There’s no pressure because you know you’re not going to have to make a speech. But you don’t want to look upset when you don’t get the award. I e-mailed my fellow nominee Stanley Tucci and suggested we have a contest to see who could look more magnanimous when Christoph Waltz won. I liked my close-up.”