American director James Ivory: oldest Oscar victor

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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.

James Ivory, screenwriter and co-producer of the drama Call Me by Your Name, on Monday created history as he became the oldest Oscar victor. He also praised the film itself for its portrayal of first love. "90 years for anything that you would do is extraordinary, but to be here having won the Oscar at that age just seems like a hiccup in nature, possibly, something like that, but it feels great".

James Ivory, 89, is now the oldest Oscar victor.

"I'll make it as fast as I can", Ivory said in his acceptance speech, after setting his statuette on the ground.

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"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.

Ivory, flaunting a shirt emblazoned with the face of Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet, on Sunday night thanked his deceased Merchant Ivory partners Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala as well as Aciman. Merchant and Ivory were partners both romantically and professionally for 44 years, until Merchant died in 2005.

Chalamet made headlines after he vowed to donate his entire fee for his next film to charity, as he said he did not wish to profit from working with controversial director Woody Allen. "In voting for me, you are remembering them".

Call Me By Your Name also won the BAFTA for Best Adapted screenplay earlier this year.

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