In addition to adapted screenplay, Call Me By Your Name received three other Oscar nominations for best picture, best actor for Timothee Chalamet and original song "Mystery of Love".
Ivory then praised the film itself for its depiction of first love. "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". If he wins an Academy Award this year, he will become the oldest-ever Oscar victor.
In winning, Ivory became the oldest Oscar recipient ever at age 89.
Speaking backstage after his award, Ivory said that his victory after so many years felt like a 'great hiccup'.
Ivory, flaunting a shirt emblazoned with the face of Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet, on Sunday night thanked his deceased Merchant Ivory partners Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala as well as Aciman. The octogenarian has always been a force in Hollywood, known best for the works he made with late collaborator Ismail Merchant (their projects became a subgenre unto themselves, nicknamed "Merchant-Ivory" films). He also thanked his former romantic partner and film collaborator of 44-years, Ishmail Marchant, who died in 2005. Working with them for close to 50 years at Merchant Ivory led me to this award.
After several films based in India, Mr Ivory moved on to adapt classic novels of British literature, including The Europeans, The Bostonian and A Room With a View.