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Taika Waititi wins best adapted screenplay Oscar for Jojo Rabbit

Kiwi director Taika Waititi has won the best adapted screenplay Oscar for Jojo Rabbit.

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The New Zealander won best adapted screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. Source: 1 NEWS

Waititi adapted the screenplay from the Caging Skies book by Christine Leunens.

He began his acceptance speech with a nod to his mum.

"I’d like to thank my mother, don’t know where you are mum I lost you hours ago.

"Thank you for being my mother and many other reasons."

The Kiwi director then finished his speech with a dedication.

"This is really great and I dedicate this to all the indigenous kids in the world who want to do art and dance and write stories.

"We are original story-tellers and we can make it here too, thank you, kia ora," he concluded.

Waititi made a humourous entrance to the awards on the red carpet earlier when he pretended he'd lost his mum.

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The Kiwi director jokingly called out for his wayward mum as he was interviewed on his way into the event. Source: 1 NEWS

Waititi's anti-hate Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit is up for six nominations, including best picture.

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