92nd Oscars Onstage Speech Transcript: WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

SPEECH BY: Taika Waititi



Thank you. Amazing, thank you. This is really light, this one’s light. It’s supposed to be heavy. I’d like to thank my mother. Don’t know where you are, Mum. I lost you, hours ago. Thank you for being my mother, and for, I mean, for many other reasons. For giving me the book that I adapted, and this film wouldn’t have existed without you doing that. To Christine, for writing the book, thank you. To the producers of the film, Carthew Neal and Chelsea Winstanley, who was there right from the beginning, thank you, guys. Many other people that I want to thank but I won’t because I can’t remember them. That’s it. This is really great. I dedicate this to all the indigenous kids who live in the world who want to do art and dance and write stories. We are the original storytellers and we can make it here as well. Thank you. Kia Mihi. [Thank you in Maori.]


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