Taika Waititi responds to Jojo Rabbit's six Oscar nominations

Taika Waititi has responded to his six Oscar nominations for Jojo Rabbit, saying he is "humbled" to be up for the awards.

One nomination is Best Picture, and Waititi thanked the Academy for embracing the film.

"Thank you to the Academy for embracing Jojo Rabbit and its message. My congratulations and thanks go to the entire cast and crew."

Jojo Rabbit's other nominations are Best Supporting Actress for Scarlett Johansson, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.

Waititi shares the Best Picture producing nomination with his regular partner-in-crime Carthew Neal.

The Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Tickled producer called Jojo's nominations "an acknowledgement of Taika's bold and unique vision".

"[There's] such an incredibly talented cast and crew who got behind the message and put everything they had into it.

"New Zealand's support of Taika's earlier films developed this unique voice that lead this award."

There are two other Kiwi honours in the mix - Anthony McCarten for his stellar screenplay for The Two Popes, and Wellington's Weta Digital for their work on Avengers: Endgame.

While the nominations are great for some, the Academy's ongoing diversity issue continued to grab the headlines.

Despite winning the Golden Globe, Awkwafina wasn't nominated for her work in The Farewell, and Cynthia Erivo for her role in Harriet made her the only person of colour to receive an acting nomination.

And despite women directing a record number of blockbusters and calling the shots in films from Captain Marvel to Hustlers, the Best Director line-up was all male. Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women was the only one of nine Best Picture nominees helmed by a woman.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday February 9 (local time). A full list of nominees can be read here.