Christoph Waltz wins first Oscar of the night

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Edit — With some of the night’s major awards still far from locks, the Oscars kicked off in Los Angeles Sunday night, with Christoph Waltz taking home the first statuette of the night for his role in “Django Unchained.” ¬†Waltz was considered a favorite, though Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln” was also a major contender.

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'Lincoln,' 'Django Unchained,' 'Argo' among Golden Globe nominees

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which tells the story of the famed president’s final days in office, earned seven Golden Globe nominations Thursday, including best movie in the drama category, best director for Spielberg, best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and best supporting actress for Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln.

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