Oscars 2020: Taika Waititi wins the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Jojo Rabbit'

Steven Zaillian (The Irishman), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Todd Phillips and Scott Silver (Joker), and Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes) were also nominated in the same category


                            Oscars 2020: Taika Waititi wins the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Jojo Rabbit'
Taika Waititi (Getty Images)

Taika Waititi has bagged the Oscar for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on February 9. The writer-director won the prestigious award for his brilliant film 'Jojo Rabbit'.

The award was presented by Natalie Portman and Timothee Chalamet.

This is Waititi's first Oscar win. He was also nominated for a Critics' Choice award for his work on the movie and in a number of others as well. 

"I would like to thank my mother," Waititi said in his acceptance speech. "Thank you for being my mother and for many other reasons. And for giving me the book that I adapted," he added.

He said, "I dedicate this to all the indigenous kids in the world who want to do art and dance and write stories. We are the original storytellers, and we can make it here,"

Steven Zaillian (The Irishman), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Todd Phillips, Scott Silver (Joker), and Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes) were also nominated in the same category. 

'Jojo Rabbit' tells the story of a young boy who is a Hitler Youth member who finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic,  forcing him to question all his strongly-held beliefs. Through it all, he also has to deal with his imaginary friend, a version of Adolf Hitler played by Waititi himself.

The film's screenplay was adapted from the book 'Caging Skies' by Christine Leunens.

The movie stars Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Rebel Wilson, and Sam Rockwell as the leading cast members.

'Jojo Rabbit' was released in theaters on October 18, 2019, making its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival on September 8 of the same year.

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