Oscar 2007: Stefan Ruzowitsky Reaction to Winning

“The Counterfeiters” director Stefan Ruzowitsky wouldn't comment on the controversy over the omissions from this year's foreign-language film category. “Forgive me. It's more important to be nominated than to worry about those who were not nominated,” the helmer said with a smile.

Ruzowitsky said he was excited to accept Austria's first victory in this category. “Austria's usually all about opera and classical music and theater … they're not very enthusiastic about their movies,” he said. “I hope very much that this award will also help us Austrian filmmakers … and put some more pressure on the politicians to support the film industry, as well.”