Taika David Cohen, known professionally as Taika Waititi, is a New Zealand film and television director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and comedian. He has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Grammy Award, and nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards. His feature films Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) have each been earned the top-grossing New Zealand films.
Waititi’s 2004 short film Two Cars, One Night won an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film, and he later co-wrote, co-directed and starred in the horror comedy film What We Do in the Shadows (2014) with Jemaine Clement. His most recent directing credits include the superhero film Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and the black comedy film Jojo Rabbit (2019), the latter of which he also wrote and starred in as an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler. Jojo Rabbit received six Academy Award nominations and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. Waititi also earned a Grammy Award for producing the film’s soundtrack. In addition his success, he has most recently appeared in Free Guy (2021) with Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Pokimane, and Joe Keery.