Russell Crowe, Jacinda Ardern, Brie Larson and more react to Taika Waititi's Oscar win

Hey guess what? Taika Waititi won an Oscar this week!

I know, I know - you've heard already, and so has the rest of the world. 

The boy from the East Coast has grown up to become one of the most celebrated filmmakers in Hollywood, and there he was representing Aotearoa on the world stage. 

A nervous, humble and yet still hilarious Taika accepted the Best Adapted Screenplay statue for Jojo Rabbit - which he said was surprisingly light - before later stashing it underneath the seat in front of him in trademark fashion. 

It was a pretty big deal! And here are some really famous people who agree: 

Mark Ruffalo 

Old mate Mark, who worked with Taika on Thor: Ragnarok, managed one of the sweetest Instagram posts of the evening with his tribute to the director alongside a snap of the pair sharing a hongi. 

"Congratulations, @taikawaititi, on a historic win at the #Oscars. Thanks for another beautiful film," he wrote in the caption, where he included the dedication Taika made to the "indigenous kids" of the world in his acceptance speech. 

Brie Larson 

Brie blessed us all with the instantly-iconic footage of Taika tucking his shiny gold statue under the seat in front of him with the effortless ease of an All Black in an Air New Zealand safety video. Thank you, Captain Marvel. 

The All Blacks 

Speaking of the national rugby team, the official Twitter account for the All Blacks shouted out Taika as a "legend", and one can only presume they'd give him a firm slap on the butt if they could. 

Russell Crowe 

The Gladiator himself welcomed Taika into the "NZ-born Oscar Winners Club", before providing some useful info about what that exclusive membership entails. 

"Congratulations @TaikaWaititi and welcome to the NZ born @TheAcademy Oscar winners club," Russell tweeted. 

"Your membership number is 022 or something close (I could be wrong). Anyway, annual meetings are held once every 30 or so years. Someone will call." 

Jacinda Ardern 

The PM big-upped Taika twice: during her weekly post-cabinet press conference and then again on social media. 

Both times, she made a point of highlighting Taika's unique approach to filmmaking, saying "no one else in the world could have made JoJo Rabbit". 

Kanoa Lloyd 

The Project NZ host admitted she got a wee bit teary watching Taika representing at the biggest night in showbiz - and the scrunched up wad of tissues still sitting on my desk today (gross, sorry) confirms she's not the only one. 

Russell Crowe, Jacinda Ardern, Brie Larson and more react to Taika Waititi's Oscar win
Photo credit: Instagram/Kanoa Lloyd

"As an American filmmaker said to me 'he's one in a million... until you visit your country and realise the rest of NZ has the same sense of humour.' You make us laugh, and you make us proud," she wrote. 

Rhys Darby 

Good news travels fast, and to far-flung Japanese islands, comedian Rhys confirmed on Twitter. 

"I'm on a remote island in Japan somewhere but still I heard the awesome news of @TaikaWaititi winning an Oscar," he wrote, adding: "Absolutely marvelous!" in a decidedly John Campbell kind of way. 

Scarlett Johansson 

So Scar-Jo is understandably much too cool and refined for social media, but we know exactly how she felt about Taika's win based on this beautiful big kiss she planted on him at the crucial moment.

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