Christoph had already won Golden Globe, a BAFTA®, a Critics Choice Award and a Screen Actor's Guild for his role as an evil Nazi, but says winning the Oscar felt different. "First of all, I was more nervous than ever before because it is the Academy Awards," he says.
When his name was called, Christoph says he blanked out. "I hardly recognized my name," he says. "Afterward backstage, the girl took my hand. Like in an emergency ward, she said to me: 'You are under shock. You will not know tomorrow what happened.' I was extremely grateful because she was right."