His Jojo Rabbit may be the year's most unlikely Oscar contender: a Nazi comedy. How will the irreverent director fare amid Hollywood's sacred rituals?

"Do we have an entourage for tonight?" Taika Waititi asked his publicist. It was just a few hours until the Governors Awards on Sunday, a major Oscar-season pit stop where potential contenders go to schmooze and be seen, and Waititi was in his hotel room, wondering if he could still add a few friends to the guest list.

"How many are we talking?" his publicist replied.

Waititi wasn't sure. He'd never been to the Governors Awards

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