LAWRENCE, Kan. (KAKE) - Kevin Willmott, a 2019 Oscar Winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film 'BlacKkKlansman' got to vote in this year's Academy Awards.

KAKE News got a chance to sit down with the award-winning film writer and KU Professor on what it’s like to vote in The Academy and the feeling of being at the Oscars.

Willmott tells us after winning that Oscar in 2019, he's been working more than ever before. He wouldn't say who he voted for, as he was sworn to secrecy, but he describes what it’s like for your film to win.

“You're waiting to get to your category and you're nervous as all get out, and when it happens it's an explosion of total joy,” said Willmott. It's a moment he says he'll never forget, hearing his name called as a winner at the 2019 Oscars.

“You can't really describe it. It's unreal. It's kind of an out-of-body kind of experience,” said Willmott.

After winning his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film BlacKkKlansman, he now gets to vote in the Oscars. So, his opinion matters for the most coveted awards like Best Actor and Actress, Best Picture, and Screenplay.

“You're trying to be fair. It can be tough at times. There's movies that you like in certain ways and other movies that are important in other ways. You have friends sometimes that are nominated,” said Willmott.

The big thing at the Oscars this year, how the slap at last year's Oscars was addressed. Willmott weighed in on what he thought happened last year.

“To have an incident happen like that is disappointing and I’m a big Will Smith fan, so that made it even more disappointing,” said Willmott.

So how has life changed for Willmott since his big moment at the Oscars?

“I think probably the main way it's changed is that people can see you as a celebrity, which whatever the heck that means. But then more than anything it changes in terms of the work I do. I mean I just work all the time now. I probably have about six or seven projects I’m working on right now. Film projects,” said Willmott.

Willmott says after winning his Oscar he hasn't become a Hollywood person. He is just focused on his next projects while still teaching at KU and living in Lawrence.