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Taika Waititi wins Grammy Award for 'Jojo Rabbit'


In what is the clearest sign of the scheduling chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Taika Waititi has won the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for Jojo Rabbit, even though the film was released all the way back in November 2019.

The film, starring the likes of Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson and Waititi himself, tells the story of Johannes ‘Jojo’ Betzler, who is a young boy living in Nazi Germany during the latter stages of World War II with his mother, Rosie.

Having been handed its world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film FestivalJojo Rabbit was eventually released to critical and commercial success and was heavily represented at the 92nd Academy Awards. With six nominations in total, which included the prestigious Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Johansson, the project ultimately landed victory in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.

Now though, Waititi can add yet another accolade to the title as he takes home ‘Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media’ at the 2021 event. “I guess they’re giving Grammys to anyone now,” the director joked when accepting his award.

“What can I say?” Waititi continued. “It was so long ago, I can barely remember anything about making that movie — but it seems like it’s never going to go away, and I’m happy about that.”

See his acceptance, below.