Kiwi filmmaker had 'out of body experience' with Oscar win

A Kiwi filmmaker says he felt "just incredible" when he won an Oscar yesterday for his short film.

Christchurch-raised James Lucas co-wrote and produced The Phone Call which won the Best Live Action category from a pool of five nominations Source: 1 NEWS

James Lucas co-wrote and produced the short film, The Phone Call, which went on to win the Best Live Action category at The 87th Academy Awards.

Christchurch-raised Lucas said it was "just incredible" when his film's name was called, describing it to Radio New Zealand as a "magical moment" and that it was an "out-of-body experience".

The short film stars Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins as a woman who works in a helpline call centre, when she receives a mystery call from a man (played by Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent) considering suicide after his wife has recently died.

Lucas said the exposure of the awards ceremony was a great forum to progress his career.

The Phone Call has also snapped up a number of accolades this year including winning Best Narrative Short at Tribeca Film Festival, Best Fiction Short at the Krakow Film Festival and Special Audience Recognition and Youth Jury Awards at Aspen Shortsfest.

Lucas has lived in London for the past 15 years, but says New Zealand is "very much home" and looks forward to returning soon.