Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

James Ivory finally strikes Oscar gold - at 89

James Ivory finally strikes Oscar gold - at 89

Filmmaker James Ivory, who once worked closely with late Indian star Shashi Kapoor, became the oldest Oscar victor at 89 for his adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name. While it was adapted from André Aciman's book, Ivory wouldn't do the film without writing the screenplay himself. "We've all gone through first love, I hope, and come out the other side mostly in tact".

This marks Ivory's fourth Oscar nomination but first-ever win, previously nominated as Best Director for A Room With a View in 1987, Howards End in 1993 and The Remains of the Day in 1994.

Winner Ivory beat out fellow nominees Logan, Molly's Game and Mudbound in addition to the Disaster Artist to win. "But the French financier decided it would be better to just have one director", Ivory said in an interview with Parade in May 2017, adding that it's an important time for the film.

Not only is this a fantastic win for Call Me By Your Name, but its also a great win for Ivory because he is now the oldest Oscar victor in history. To be here having won the Oscar at that age feels like a hiccup in nature, something like that.

When James Ivory was born on June 7 1928, the first edition of the Academy Awards was still 11 months off.

The 89-year-old also noted the many people who got him to this point. With Ismail Merchant, his partner and producer, they made up Merchant Ivory Productions, known for their literary adaptations.

"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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