- Taika Waititi won the best compilation soundtrack for visual media Grammy for 2019’s “Jojo Rabbit.”
- Waititi said: “It was so long ago, I can barely remember anything about making that movie.”
- He joked that the Recording Academy must just be “giving Grammys to anyone now.”
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The filmmaker won the Grammy for best compilation soundtrack for visual media and beat out other major nominees including “Frozen II,” “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” and “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.”
Waititi accepted the award virtually from the set of his new movie, “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
“I guess they’re just giving Grammys to anyone now! I’ll take it, thank you,” Waititi said.
“Jojo Rabbit” was an awards-season success last year, receiving nominations for six Oscars including best picture. Waititi won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for the World War II comedy movie. He also won the BAFTA award for the same prize.
The director joked: “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,” he added.
This specific Grammys category tends to reward movies that came out a year prior to the music awards, with past winners including “A Star is Born,” “The Greatest Showman,” and “La La Land.” The only nominees from this year’s awards that came out after the end of the 2019/2020 movie awards season were “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” and “Bill & Ted Face the Music.”
Waititi celebrated the win on his social media, tweeting: “Lol wtfffff.”
-Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) March 14, 2021
He also posted to Instagram, where he wrote: “Lol okayyyyyyy. Wtf they just giving grammys to anyone now.”
In the same post, Waititi also wrote “gonna go write a play now,” referencing the fact that he is now halfway to winning an EGOT, the acronym for winning each an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. Some examples of EGOT winners are John Legend, Whoopi Goldberg, and Mel Brooks.
With this win, Waititi adds to his existing Oscar. He previously earned two Emmy nominations in 2020 – one for voicing IG-11 in “The Mandalorian” and one for outstanding comedy series for “What We Do in the Shadows,” which was adapted from the 2014 movie he wrote and directed with Jemaine Clement.
However, he didn’t manage to win either Emmy, so he still needs to win both an Emmy and a Tony to complete the EGOT.