James Ivory becomes oldest Oscar winner at 89

Ivory won best adapted screenplay for the film Call Me By Your Name. 
James Ivory becomes oldest Oscar winner at 89
James Ivory becomes oldest Oscar winner at 89
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Filmmaker James Ivory, who once worked closely with late Indian star Shashi Kapoor, became the oldest Oscar winner at 89 for his adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name

The screenplay of the gay romance movie, directed by Luca Guadagnino, is based on the eponymous novel by Andre Aciman.

Ivory beat other movies contenders for The Disaster Artist, Logan, Molly's Game and Mudbound for the award.

This was Ivory's fourth Oscar nomination, but the first in the adapted screenplay category.

Earlier, Ivory had received directing nominations for A Room with a View (1986), Howards End (1992) and The Remains of the Day (1993).

Ivory, flaunting a shirt emblazoned with the face of Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet, on Sunday night thanked his deceased Merchant Ivory partners Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala as well as Aciman.

 "I wouldn't be standing up here without the inspired help I received from my life's partners, who are gone," he said. He continued, giving his "profound thanks to the members of the Academy", and giving a nod to Sony Pictures Classics.

Call Me By Your Name tells the story of a life-changing romance between Elio and Oliver, which unravels during the course of a sun-soaked summer in Italy. 

The film, part gay romance, part coming-of-age, is directed by Luca Guadagnino. It received praise across the awards circuit for both its screenplay and the performance of Chalamet – a first-time best actor nominee at this year’s Oscars.

Ivory and his partners collaborated on multiple films. Some, like "The Householder", "Shakespeare Wallah", "The Guru", "Bombay Talkie" and "In Custody", featured Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor, who died in December last year.

This year’s Oscars also incidentally had the oldest nominee for an acting award ever in Christopher Plummer at 87. He got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in All the Money in the World. 

(With IANS inputs)

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