Call Me by Your Name won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay Sunday night.
The James Ivory-penned screenplay beat out the scripts for Logan (James Mangold, Michael Green, Scott Frank), Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin), Mudbound (Dee Rees, Virgil Williams) and The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber). The film, which is set in 1980s Italy, follows a romance between 17-year-old Elio (best actor nominee Timothee Chalamet) and an older man, Oliver (Armie Hammer).
Ivory is the oldest adapted screenplay winner, at 89. Upon accepting his award, the screenwriter said, “My rule number one for a screenwriter who adapts a novel is, first, thank the author, Andre Aciman, who wrote the story about first love and who is here tonight. A story familiar to most of us, whether straight or gay or somewhere in between, we’ve all gone through first love, I hope, and come out the other side mostly intact.” He also thanked his “sensitive and sensible director” Luca Guadagnino as well as the film’s “wonderful, emotion-filled actors.”
He referenced his age backstage, saying, “90 years for anything you would do is extraordinary. To be here having won the Oscar at that age feels like a hiccup in nature, something like that. But it feels good.”
The awards were handed out at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Jimmy Kimmel returned as host.