I just saw Inglorious Basterds for the first time. My biggest take away was the performance of Christoph Waltz as the SS officer. Utterly brilliant acting, in my opinion. I reveled in his acting even as I hated his character. I could watch his opening scenes in the farmhouse and the scene in the Paris cafe over and over; he dripped evil even as he put on a facade of false gentility ("Wait for the creme!"). My wife couldn't make the distinction and just hated him and the character.
I just read that he received the Academy Award for his performance. I didn't know that. Well earned.