29 Feb 2012

Bret McKenzie tells of 'amazing' Oscar night

5:24 am on 29 February 2012

Oscar winner Bret McKenzie says the Academy Award ceremony was an 'amazing night'.

At the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, the New Zealander won Best Original Song for Man or Muppet which features in the latest Muppets movie.

Bret McKenzie says there is nothing quite like partying with an Oscar in your hand, but it had been a nervous wait for the announcement.

"When they did actually call my name (I) was strangely calm," he told Morning Report.

"But leading up to it, I haven't slept properly since I got nominated a month ago."

He said he'd spent spent two days working on his acceptance speech, and practised it in the shower.

"I knew that if I didn't prepare something I would be a total mess."

He says his children were "pretty impressed" with the Oscar. His one-year-old son got to wear a tuxedo T-shirt, and his two-year-old daughter now has shoes she calls her Oscar shoes.

Bret McKenzie says he's going to keep the Oscar on his piano. "Maybe I'll take it round town for a while - get into bars and stuff."

And while he is not sure what the award will mean for his career, he thinks it may now be easier to get meetings in Hollywood.

He says he hadn't yet caught up with Flight of the Conchords comedy partner Jemaine Clement, but McKenzie joked that he'd be able to fall back on the Oscar if the pair had disagreements when they were writing songs.

Bret McKenzie now plans to spend some time in Wellington and "chill out for a bit."