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Watch: The moment Kiwi editor snags Oscar, gives shout out to family, mates in New Zealand - 'I appreciate this so much'

Kiwi editor John Gilbert has claimed an Oscar for best editing at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles this afternoon.

Gilbert won the award for his work on the Mel Gibson written and directed Hackshaw Ridge, beating out competition from work on other films including Arrival, Hell of High Water, La La Land and Moonlight for the Academy Award for Best Editing.

The Porirua resident last won a nomination for his work on the Lord of the Rings in 2002.

Hackshaw Ridge depicts the true experiences of Desmond Doss, a US combat medic who refused to carry a weapon of any sort during WW2.

After winning a BAFTA nomination earlier this year, Gilbert told media: "The thing about Hacksaw Ridge I guess is that it's been noticed because of the battle scenes."

Wellington's Weta Workshop is also celebrating after The Jungle Book won the Oscar for best visual effects.