Ulrich Mott (Christoph Waltz) is an eccentric and versatile social climber with grandiose plans to affect United States foreign policy. He is encouraged and egged on in his attempts by his strategically chosen (and much older) wife, the well-connected journalist Elsa Brecht (Vanessa Redgrave). Mott has a knack for making himself indispensable and impossible to ignore whether it is as an intern, the perfect host, or a Brigadier General of the Iraqi Special Forces. He has an impeccable sense for when to flatter and how to deftly use political jargon to his advantage. The only one seemingly immune to his charms is Elsa's daughter, Amanda (Annette Bening), who might simply disapprove of her mother marrying a much younger man or perhaps she senses something more sinister beneath the smooth-talking surface Waltz, in his directorial debut, Redgrave, and Bening form an electrifying trio. The mystery hinges on Mott, who is either a misunderstood political genius or a calculating charlatan. Or, possibly, both.
In 2009, Christoph Waltz received Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Academy Awards, the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award, and other honors for his portrayal of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. He won his second Academy Award® for his performance in Tarantino’s Django Unchained. Georgetown is Waltz's directorial debut.