Taika Waititi wins BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay for JoJo Rabbit

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi has won his first BAFTA, picking up Best Adapted Screenplay award for his latest flick, JoJo Rabbit. 

Waititi beat out Greta Gerwig for Little Women, Steven Zaillan for The Irishman, Todd Phillips and Scott Silver for Joker, and fellow Kiwi Anthony McCarten, who was nominated for The Two Popes.

The win comes after the self-described 'anti-hate satire' picked up another Best Adapted Screenplay honour over the weekend, at the Writer's Guild Awards. 

Next week, JoJo Rabbit will compete for Best Picture at the 2020 Oscars against the likes of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Sam Mendes' 1917. 

Waititi's WWII film is also up for five more Oscars, including another Best Adapted Screenplay award. 

At the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony, Waititi was nominated for his short film Two Cars, One Night. When his category was announced, the director pretended to be asleep - a gag he told Entertainment Weekly he "sure as hell" would not repeat this year.