Oscars 2018: James Ivory becomes oldest Academy Award victor at 89

06 March, 2018, 03:19 | Author: Valerie Santiago
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Writer-director James Ivory, winning the best adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name (2017), thanked his late collaborators, producer Ismail Merchant and writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, in a moving acceptance speech at the 90th Academy Awards on 4 March 2018.

Ivory accepted the award wearing the face of the movie's star Timothee Chalamet imprinted on the shirt under his tuxedo jacket, giving the 22-year-old actor a sartorial shout out for his remarkable performance as a 17-year-old falling in love with a man for the first time.

Ivory then praised the film itself for its depiction of first love.

"Whether straight or gay or somewhere in between, we've all gone through first love, I hope, mostly intact", Ivory, a first-time nominee for his writing, said on stage. If he wins an Academy Award this year, he will become the oldest-ever Oscar victor.

Officially, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences only tracks data pertaining to the ages of acting and directing nominees, with the oldest competitive victor on record being Christopher Plummer, who was 82 when he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Beginners in 2012.

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The 89-year-old also noted the many people who got him to this point.

"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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