The Call Me by Your Name screenwriter is 89.
When 89-year-old Call Me by Your Name screenwriter James Ivory won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay on Sunday night, he became the oldest Oscar winner of all time.
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Before the Oscars, Ivory’s script had already earned him the Writers Guild Award, the BAFTA, and the Critics’ Choice Award.
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Ivory has had a long and celebrated career. With his late partner Ismail Merchant, he founded Merchant Ivory productions, whose films include A Room With a View, Howards End, and the 1987 gay romance Maurice.
The previous oldest winner of all time, Christopher Plummer, was 82 when he won Best Supporting Actor for Beginners. He remains the oldest acting Oscar winner.
He was nominated tonight for Best Supporting Actor in All the Money in the World. At 88, he’s also the oldest acting Oscar nominee — and if he’d won, he would have broken his own record for oldest acting winner.
It’s worth noting that Best Documentary Feature nominee Agnès Varda would have been the oldest winner if she’d won for Faces Places. She is EIGHT DAYS OLDER than Ivory.
She has also received an Academy Honorary Award for her contributions to cinema.
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Congratulations to this new record holder!