September 22, 2020

Oscars: 10 Things to Know About Best Picture Nominee ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Jojo Rabbit is heading to the 2020 Oscars with six nominations.

The Taika Waititi anti-hate satire is up for best picture, best supporting actress (Scarlett Johansson), best adapted screenplay, best production design, best costume design and best film editing.

The satirical film follows a 10-year-old boy, Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), as he finds his place in an increasingly fascistic Germany and creates an imaginary friend named Adolf Hitler (Waititi). His worldview drastically changes when he learns that his mother, Rosie (Johansson), is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Meeting his new peer forces him to come to terms with his blind nationalism.

In addition to starring, Waititi directed, wrote and co-produced Jojo Rabbit. Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen and Sam Rockwell also star in the film based on Christine Leunens’ book Caging Skies.

Waititi’s screenplay has already won awards, including best adapted screenplay at the BAFTAs and at the Writers Guild Awards.

From Waititi using creative liberties and adding the character of Hitler while adapting the screenplay to the process behind creating the setting of Nazi Germany and designing the costumes, the cast and crew have been open with The Hollywood Reporter about the process behind making Jojo Rabbit.

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