Guillermo del Toro's Golden Lion winner The Shape of Water is the winner at this year's Academy Awards with four Oscars: Best Film, Best Director, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Score. Italy can be happy too as James Ivory wins Best Adapted Screenplay for Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name.
"It feels good to hold an Oscar," Ivory states. The 89-year-old filmmaker is the eldest Oscar recipient of all time. That's how he recalls working on the film: "I loved the idea of making a film in Italy. To me, it meant telling a story which has a personal relevance. I met Luca Guadagnino many times to discuss the script. It's been great working with him and some of his ideas made it to the final script. It's been good to work together in Crema, where he lives and I had never been before."
Ivory also underlines the universal value of this gay love story: "We all lived an important love story that ended badly and, despite everything, we survived. It's a universal condition. It's the story of a first love, how you feel it, and how it leaves you. We can all identify with it." The filmmaker has also stated that writing about a young love at such a old age "has been a rejuvenating experience."
Before the Oscar, his script had already won multiple awards, including WGA, BAFTA, Critics' Choice and USC Awards.