Sunday, 09 December, 2018

James Ivory becomes Oscar's oldest victor with 'Call Me by Your Name'

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| 06 March, 2018, 03:15

Legendary filmmaker James Ivory won the first Oscar of his storied career for his screenplay of "Call Me By Your Name", a sensual tale of first love set in sun-drenched 1980s Italy. While it was adapted from André Aciman's book, Ivory wouldn't do the film without writing the screenplay himself. He was a three-time nominee for directing, for the films "A Room With a View", "Howard's End" and "The Remains of the Day". Varda, a filmmaking legend who was instrumental in the development of the French New Wave, is 89 - nine days older than Ivory.

Watch his acceptance speech above.

Ivory also noted this when accepting his award, "Having won the Oscar seems like a hiccup after 90 years".

Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel might not have commented on Ivory's sense of style during the opening monologue, but he did commend the other half of the pair on his fashion choice of white tux.


Though Ivory has written films before, he's best known for his work as a director and as a principal in Merchant Ivory Productions, which he formed with producer Ismail Merchant in 1961. He also thanked his former romantic partner and film collaborator of 44-years, Ishmail Marchant, who died in 2005.

In addition to adapted screenplay, Call Me By Your Name received three other Oscar nominations for best picture, best actor for Timothee Chalamet and original song "Mystery of Love".

"I wouldn't be standing up here without the inspired help I received from my life's partners, who are gone", Ivory said.

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