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

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

At Sunday's Academy Awards, James Ivory won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay, for his work on Call Me by Your Name, the adaptation of André Aciman's 2007 novel, starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.

Ivory had meant to co-direct Call Me by Your Name with Luca Guadagnino but bowed out when the producers thought a single director would be better.

Ivory then praised the film itself for its depiction of first love.

Mr Ivory, 89, is now the oldest ever victor of a competitive Oscar. "But the French financier decided it would be better to just have one director", Ivory said in an interview with Parade in May 2017, adding that it's an important time for the film.




"We've all gone through first love, I hope, and come out the other side mostly intact", Mr Ivory told the audience at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre.

Ivory also noted this when accepting his award, "Having won the Oscar seems like a hiccup after 90 years".

Ivory, Merchant and Jhabvala also frequently collaborated with Bollywood superstar Shashi Kapoor. Wearing a shirt emblazoned with the face of Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet, Ivory thanked his deceased Merchant-Ivory partners Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala as well as novelist Andre Aciman. Merchant and Ivory were partners both romantically and professionally for 44 years, until Merchant died in 2005. "In voting for me, you are remembering them".

Earlier this year, the film was banned by Tunisian authorities.

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