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Taika Waititi- Winner's Acceptance Speech, Adapted Screenplay, EE British Academy Film Awards in 2020

2 February 2020

Winner's acceptance speech by Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit in the Adapted Screenplay category   

TAIKA WAITITI:  Hello, thanks very much, BAFTA.  This is very, very cool for me, coming from the colonies.  Yeah.  We know it's been a hard week for you guys.  It's been very nice to take a bit of your gold back home where it belongs.

This is a really incredible night for me, especially to share it with the people who made the film with me, in particular Chelsea Winstanley, who supported me right from the very beginning, when I started writing this.  Carthew Neal, who brought the whole film to fruition, and 28, 27, 26, 25 -- if you put things in front of me, I'll just read them.

That's really it.  

The other people I have to thank is Christine Leunens, who wrote the book that I adapted, a fabulous book, and also to my mother, who introduced me to the book, and made me read and taught me how to read and insisted that I read.  I love you for making me read, mum.

Anyway, I share this with everyone else, the cast and crew, and Searchlight for believing in the project.