Monday, March 05, 2018

James Ivory Wins Oscar for 'Call Me by Your Name'

James Ivory displays his Oscar for adapted screenplay -- "Call Me by Your Name" -- in the press room. His shirt is emblazoned with an image of Timothée Chalamet in the movie. (Paul Buck / EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

The Los Angeles Times reports:

It was somehow fitting that on a night that celebrated the 90th Academy Awards, an Oscar would go to James Ivory, who himself turns 90 in June. The prize makes the 89-year-old the oldest competitive Oscar winner in academy history.

This award for adapted screenplay for "Call Me by Your Name" is Ivory's first Oscar. 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." Working with producer and life partner Ismael Merchant as Merchant Ivory Productions, often in collaboration with screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, they essentially created a genre unto themselves with literate, emotional, finely-tuned dramas that inspired countless lesser imitators.

Adapted from the 2007 novel by André Aciman, "Call Me by Your Name" is a fitting modernization of the Merchant Ivory sensibility. In the film a 17-year-old American (Timothée Chalamet) is spending the summer living with his academic parents at in idyllic 17th century villa in Northern Italy. Into their lives comes a 24-year-old graduate student (Armie Hammer), and the two begin a long flirtation that grows into something intimate and deeper.

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