The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced, and “The Shape of Water” leads the field with 13 nominations. “Dunkirk” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” were also among the top nominees with eight and seven nominations, respectively. Stay tuned for more updates including the complete list of nominees, reactions, analysis and more. 


At 89, James Ivory and Agnès Varda are the Oscars' oldest nominees

James Ivory (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
James Ivory (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

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. 

If 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.

“I 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. 

One significant alteration to the 2007 novel by André Aciman: He tweaked the ending. 

“In the book, it’s told from the point of view of a young man now age 40 looking back and remembering the whole thing. He’s telling his story in a narrative,” the 60-year industry veteran said in December. “At the end of it, they meet up again in Italy and Elio thinks that they could get back together, but they can’t. I didn’t think that was a way to end the film. I thought it would be a downer to do that.”

Ivory previously was nominated in the directing category for “A Room With a View,” “Howards End” and “The Remains of the Day.”

“Call Me by Your Name” is up for four Academy Awards. The other adapted screenplay nominees are Virgil Williams and Dee Rees for “Mudbound,” James Mangold, Michael Green and Scott Frank for “Logan,” Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter for “The Disaster Artist” and Aaron Sorkin for “Molly’s Game.”


12:15 p.m.: 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. 

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