At 89, James Ivory and Agnès Varda are the Oscars' oldest nominees
LA Times, 23 Jan 2018
James Ivory, screenwriter and co-producer of the drama Call Me by Your Name, is the oldest male Oscar nominee, and Agnès Varda, writer-director of the documentary Faces Places, is the oldest female nominee. Either of the 89-year-olds could become the oldest winner.
However, if they both won, Varda would take the title — she’s eight days Ivory’s elder.
either or both were to win, Ennio Morricone would be bumped as the
oldest winner in a competitive category. He was 87 when he won the award
for original score for The Hateful Eight in 2016.
Varda’s feature documentary nomination announced Tuesday is her first, though she received an honorary Oscar last November. The adapted screenplay nomination is Ivory’s fourth and, in a break from his track record, his first in that category after three nods for directing. Ivory is the leading contender in his category this year.
Ivory said he chose this project, a love story, in part because of his crush on its setting.
love Italy and go there all the time. The idea of working in Italy was
very attractive to me, and I liked the story. I had done another film a
bit like that, which was Maurice, which I had also written,’ Ivory told The Times in December. […] Ivory previously was nominated in the directing category for A Room With a View, Howards End and The Remains of the Day. […]
12:15pm: An earlier version of this article misstated James Ivory’s age as 90. He is 89, and eight days younger than Agnès Varda, making her the oldest Oscar nominee. The article also mistakenly credited Christopher Plummer as the oldest Oscar winner. He is the oldest winner in an acting category. The oldest winner overall is Ennio Morricone.