Taika Waititi definitely surprised by his Grammy Win!
In his relatively young career, Taika Waititi has won a number of awards. This includes the Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay at the 92nd Academy Awards for Jojo Rabbit. But, it looks like he is not done taking awards and honors for his 2019 film.
Taika Waititi is surprised by his Grammy win!
The actor/writer/director/producer now has a Grammy to his name for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media. And he accepted the award virtually from the set of Thor: Love and Thunder, and in that speech, it felt like he was genuinely surprised. Not only that, but Waititi looked like he really was swamped filming Thor 4, so it felt like a very unprepared acceptance award. But, that’s what makes it special too. Here’s what he said:
Hi, I don’t know if this seems like not a great connection. I’m in a trailer on a movie set. Um, thank you very much for this honor, I guess they’re just giving Grammys to anyone now. I’ll take it, thank you. What can I say 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 with that. All my thanks to Searchlight for making the film in the first place and that’s pretty much it. That’s all I’ve got to see and I’m going to work now.
The 63rd Grammy Awards brought him closer to an EGOT
Just like other award ceremonies, the 2021 Grammys were also conducted with the help of in-person as well as virtual presenters. Many would be confused that why did a movie from 2019 win an award in 2021? But, the eligibility time period for the 2021 Grammys started from 1st September 2019. And luckily for Taika Waititi, the Soundtrack of Jojo Rabbit was released on October 18, 2019. And it’s not like Waititi didn’t face any competition. He had to compete against Frozen 2, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, Bill And Ted Face The Music, and Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
Other than Waititi, the other person who also deserves a mention here is Michael Giacchino. He used a mix of electric non-contemporary music, along with German versions of I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles (“Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand”) and Heroes by David Bowie (“Helden”).
After winning a Grammy and an Oscar, Taika Waititi is just an Emmy and a Tony award away from becoming one of the only few in the industry to win the highest award in music, TV, film, and theatre. He came close to the Emmy with two nominations last year for The Mandalorian and What We Do In The Shadows, and he hasn’t worked in theatre just yet. But, there’s no reason to believe Waititi won’t try his shot, and he absolutely deserves these honors.