6. THE EVOLUTION OF CHRISTOPH WALTZ
After the German-Austrian actor popped eyes and became a household name (kind of) when he won an Academy Award for his role of the gloriously sinister Hans Landa in "Inglorious Basterds." Since then, Waltz has starred in a handful of forgettable U.S. films ("The Green Hornet," "Water For Elephants") but had yet to find his rhythm until reuniting with Tarantino for "Django Unchained." As Dr. King Schulz, the bounty hunter that helps give the titular character his killing stripes and motivation for salvation, Waltz soars by inverting his verbosity and morphing into a crowd-pleasing supporting character. As long as he keeps sticking with Tarantino, Waltz could forge a fantastic career.