Before playing the evil Nazi that earned him Oscar gold, Christoph says he was a struggling actor in Germany. Now, at 53, he's an overnight sensation and Hollywood's man of the hour. "It's still overnight," he says. "It just took me a little longer."

Christoph says he had dreams of winning an Oscar early in his career, but left them behind as the reality of making it in film set in. "You slowly start to forget about this," he says. "And I think it's a good idea to forget about this so, if and when it actually does happen, … it's a shock."

Now, the former opera student says his phone is ringing off the hook. "I always think about [what's] next, but not necessarily in connection with this," he says. "It hasn't sunk in at all."

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