James Ivory is 89, and should he win the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, he’ll become the oldest Oscar winner ever.

It’s a record Ivory may hold for only minutes. The 89-year-old French filmmaker Agnes Varda, born a week before Ivory, is nominated for her documentary Faces Places.

But regardless of the outcome, Call Me By Your Name has proven an unlikely, yet fitting, encore for a master filmmaker whose movies have already pocketed 31 Oscar nominations and six wins.

For some 50 years, Ivory and his partner and producer Esmail Merchant were considered one of the most illustrious independent filmmaking duo in film history. Ivory says retirement isn’t in his plans. He’s hoping to direct a film of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard II.’


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