Taika Waititi: Looking back at Kiwi director's career, from Heinous Crime to Star Wars

While we don't want to jinx it, Kiwi director Taika Waititi is a frontrunner for an Oscar on Monday, with his film Jojo Rabbit movie having six nominations.

Something you may not know: Back in 2004, Waititi's 48-hour short film winner Heinous Crime was already paving the way for vampires and priests to come

At the same time he wrote and directed another short film Two Cars, One Night. It was nominated for an Oscar the following year.

Now, fast forward your VHS 15 years and Waititi's heading for the Oscars, this time as a serious contender for the most prestigious filmmaking award there is - Best Picture.

It's 15 years full of Taika finding his voice. Vampire flatmates, taking flight with the Conchords, and mainlining into our hearts with Boy.

By the time Hunt for the Wilderpeople was released, Hollywood had already come calling. 

Waititi had been ushered into the inner sanctum of Marvel, directing the now-beloved Thor: Ragnarok, a film even Iron Man himself calls his favourite in the franchise

"I'm not scared of anything. I turned 40 and I just gave up worrying forever," Waititi says. 

The superheroes all weighed in on the Taika love-fest.

"Thor: Ragnarok was so mind-blowing and this Taika Waititi guy to me, he is an assassin, he is so brilliant," said Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.

The A-Listers continued to queue up for Taika Time.

Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) swapped superheroes for satire and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Jojo Rabbit.

"It's such a beautiful, funny gem of a script," she says of Waititi's Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit has been the talk of the town and awards season since the Toronto Film Festival, nominated at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs where Waititi won for his screenplay. All the more impressive when you consider the potential career-ending choice of making fun of Hitler.

"If I don't feel nervous going into a film, then it's not really worth it for me," he says.

So how does he do it? 

"Comedy, comedy is the trick."

And if you think at six Oscar nods that this Kiwi boy is peaking - not a chance.

He just wrapped on a small passion project called Next Goal Wins. Next stop: writing, directing and starring in the next Thor: Love and Thunder.

Rumours swirl around his continued involvement in Star Wars after The Mandalorian, a rumour we're pleased to say we started like ages ago. 

"I would for love him to direct a Star Wars movie and I agree he has exactly the right sensibility," Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy has said.

One thing's for sure, Waititi's career has already reached a galaxy far far away.

Where he goes from there, only Taika can tell.

Watch the video above.