McKenzie honoured'Where's my invite to Buckingham Palace?'
Last updated 05:00 04/06/2012Mr Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie - for services to music and film, to be an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).
The after party won't be as glitzy, but other than that Bret McKenzie reckons that receiving a Queen's Birthday honour shouldn't be too different from winning an Oscar.
"I don't think Tom Cruise will be at the party, but other than that I imagine [it will be] very similar," McKenzie said after finding out that he has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
"I presume there will be some sort of tea party. I'm hoping this gets me an invite to Buckingham Palace, actually."
The Wellington comedian was honoured for his services to music and film in the honours list today, an inclusion that surprised the Oscar-winning half of Flight of the Conchords.
"I received a very fancy looking envelope from the governor-general, it looked very serious before I opened it. Now I'm wondering, do I get a special uniform now I'm an officer?" McKenzie said.
"I was very surprised, surprised and honoured. I've never worked in music and film in order to get this honour, but yeah, it's great, I'm really into it."
McKenzie won an Academy Award in March for his song, Man or Muppet, which he wrote for The Muppets while musical supervisor of the movie last year.
He won a Grammy Award with Jemaine Clement in 2007, had a role in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and has played in various Wellington bands, including The Black Seeds.
McKenzie is one of the lead actors in Two Little Boys, a feature film by Duncan and Robert Sarkies that premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and will screen in New Zealand later in the year.
McKenzie, who has been back in Wellington for about a month, is now busy preparing for the Flight of the Conchords tour of New Zealand and Australia that kicks off this month.
That's when he's not at home with his two young kids.
"A lot of people ask me where I keep my Oscar, and for those people who are wondering, it's on top of the piano next to the nappy cream. I think that paints a fairly accurate picture of what my life is like at the moment."