American director James Ivory: oldest Oscar victor

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"It will be a new film with a very different tone and the lead actors will be Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet again". He also praised the film itself for its portrayal of first love. "We've all gone through first love, I hope, and come out the other side mostly in tact".

The Oscar win follows WGA, BAFTA, Critics' Choice and USC Scripter wins for Call Me By Your Name and Ivory. To be here having won the Oscar at that age feels like a hiccup in nature, something like that. He said that he had only written an acceptance speech once; for his first nomination for his work on The Shawshank Redemption in 1995.

Together, the two ran the production company Merchant Ivory. 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.

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Ivory, who is 89, was the oldest victor of the night.

"I wouldn't be standing up here without the inspired help I received from my life's partners, who are gone", Ivory said.

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

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"I worked on that screenplay for about nine months, and in that time they were able to get the money to produce the film".

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

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

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