At 89, the great gay filmmaker James Ivory became the oldest gay Oscar winner, taking home his first Academy Award for his adaptation of the novel of the same name, Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman. He earned his first nomination in 1987 for A Room with a View.
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. He also thanked his former romantic partner and film collaborator of 44-years, Ishmail Marchant, who died in 2005.
“My rule number one for a screenwriter who adapts a novel is, first, thank the author, Andre Aciman, who wrote the story about first love and who is here tonight,” Ivory told the audience. “A story familiar to most of us, whether straight or gay or somewhere in between, we’ve all gone through first love, I hope, and come out the other side mostly intact.”
Backstge, he talked about what it felt like to win the prestigious honor: “90 years for anything you would do is extraordinary. To be here having won the Oscar at that age feels like a hiccup in nature, something like that. But it feels good.”
my oscars mood is james ivory’s shirt pic.twitter.com/hBTxvFJnod
— ellie (@eleanorbate) March 4, 2018
Timothee cheered on Ivory’s acceptance speech.
Timothée watching James Ivory’s acceptance speech pic.twitter.com/SmDmPoRZrM
— Timothée Chalamet Updates (@TimotheeUpdates) March 5, 2018
Watch Ivory’s acceptance speech: