See out “Call me By Your Name” screenplay winner James Ivory accept his Oscar and backstage remarks
In my brief Academy awards recap last night, I did not make note of Oscar winning screenwriter James Ivory being an openly gay man. He talked about that an about winning his first Academy Award at the age of 89. He, of course, is one half of Merchant-Ivory which gave us such memorable movies as The Remains of the Day, Howards End, and Maurice, among many others.
When asked how it feels to be the oldest winner ever, Ivory replied:
“Imagine how it would feel. 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.”
Of why he took interest in the film, Ivory added, “The story had a good amount of personal relevance for me.”
Ivory was asked why he thought the film connected universally with people: “The whole idea of first love, one’s first strong love. Which may have gone badly, like it has for many people, but you survive…”
And he was also asked what it was like writing through the eyes of a young gay teen: “I think it was a rejuvenating experience somehow. It wouldn’t be like – there are other kinds of books you might adapt – it wouldn’t be like that. In the sense – emotionally – memories you do relive your own life at that time. Late teenage. I still think about it all the time. I don’t need to be writing a script.”