Oscars 2018: For best adapted screenplay, Margate's Scott Neustadter loses out

James Ivory

James Ivory

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. The film was also nominated for best picture, lead actor (star Timothée Chalamet), and original song with "Mystery of Love" by Sufjan Stevens.

This year, Call Me By Your Name was up against The Disaster Artist, Logan, Molly's Game, Mudbound. "You have the feeling at the end of the film that this is his first love, but there will be many other loves in his life". If he wins an Academy Award this year, he will become the oldest-ever Oscar victor. At 89, he's the oldest Oscar victor ever, and took the film's sole award.

The director said while accepting the award "whether straight or gay or somewhere in between, we've all gone through first love, I hope, mostly intact". He said that he had only written an acceptance speech once; for his first nomination for his work on The Shawshank Redemption in 1995.

On recieving the award, Ivory thanked his deceased Merchant-Ivory partners Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala as well as André Aciman. Merchant and Ivory were partners both romantically and professionally for 44 years, until Merchant died in 2005. As heads of Merchant Ivory Productions along with Ms Jhabvala, they put together more than 40 films.

Call Me By Your Name also lost out on Best Picture, which was given to The Shape of Water.

Distributor Lassaad Goubantini denounced the decision as "an attack on liberties" motivated by "the subject of the film".

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