Kiwi director Taika Watiti wins Oscar for 'Jojo Rabbit' at 2020 Academy Awards

Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi has become the latest Kiwi to win an Oscar, taking out Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit at the 92nd Academy Awards at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre.

"Thank you, Kia Ora," said a slightly nervous Waititi as he accepted the Academy Award.

He thanked his mother and dedicated the award to indigenous children around the world.

Among the nominees are a handful of New Zealanders. Taika Waititi and Anthony McCarten are going head-to-head for the best-adapted screenplay award for Jojo Rabbit and The Two Popes, up against screenwriters for The Irishman, Joker, and Little Women. Aucklander Tom Eagles is nominated for best editing for Jojo Rabbit.

Jojo Rabbit is up for six awards in total, including best picture.

Leading the pack with 11 nominations is Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Check out some of the stunning red carpet looks at this year’s Oscars below:

This article was first published on the NZ Herald and is republished here with permission.