Vienna, 25 February 2013 Press release

Michael Spindelegger congratulates Christoph Waltz and Michael Haneke on their success

Vienna, 25 February 2013 – Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger congratulates Michael Haneke and Christoph Waltz most cordially on their success at this year's Academy Award celebration. "The achievements of both Waltz and Haneke are extraordinary. Christoph Waltz's outstanding acting talent has once again been rewarded, and so were the unique skills of Michael Haneke as director of "Amour". The awards of these two outstanding artists illustrate how exceptional commitment and dedication are rewarded. Waltz and Haneke are excellent ambassadors of Austrian culture. Their success reflects the high international standing the Austrian film industry enjoys."

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