It’s always a rare occurrence when an award-winner’s speech calls out people that are directly in front of them, but Taika Waititi did just that.
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The director, writer and producer of Jojo Rabbit, took away the BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay (and rightfully so). But the joy of this award comes out of Waititi’s speech accepting the award.
The self-proclaimed “Polynesian Jew” kicked things off on a slightly awkward note, saying: “Hello… Thanks very much… BAFTA’s”, pausing after every few words. But then he goes in on the Brits, hard, saying, “ This is very, very cool for me…coming from the colonies…”
After receiving a roaring laugh from the audience, he keeps on going, saying: “Uh, you know, we know it’s been a hard week for you guys… It’s very nice to take a little bit of your gold… back home… where it belongs.”
And if that wasn’t funny enough, he then goes on to read aloud the counting-down timer clock placed in front of him. Honestly, you just have to watch it, it’ll make your day:
I could not tell what’s funnier between his speech and Rebel Wilson having absolutely no idea how to react. I simply couldn’t.
He finishes his speech by thanking his mum for showing Waititi the book and teaching him how to read: “I love you for making me read, mum.” A wholesome ending, if you will.
Will Taika Waititi make a similar speech at the Oscars this week? Only time will tell.
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