The first of the nine films nominated this year is the Luca Guadagnino directed romantic drama “Call Me by Your Name.” With a screenplay written by screenwriter James Ivory, “Call Me by Your Name” is an adaptation of the André Aciman authored novel of the same title.
“Call Me by Your Name” stars Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar and Esther Garrel. The film, set in Northern Italy during the early 1980s, revolves around Elio (Chalamet). When Elio encounters Oliver (Hammer), his father’s research assistant, a relationship quickly ensues. Elio bonds with Oliver over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.
Relative to his film career, “Call Me by My Name” is the first production Hammer has appeared in worth seeing. Since 2005, Hammer has been floating back and forth from television and film production. Possibly best known for television shows such as the Stephanie Savage / Josh Schwartz co-created “Gossip Girl” and the Tara Butters / Michele Fazekas co-created “Reaper,” Hammer appeared in the dismal 2015 Guy Ritchie directed big screen version of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” as Illya Kuryakin.
If you have seen the film adaptation of the 1960s television series of the same title, you will recall Henry Cavill played Napoleon Solo. As for Alexander Waverly, this character was personified by Hugh Grant. Created by Sam Rolfe, the source material for the Richie production starred David McCallum, Robert Vaughn and Leo G. Carroll as Kuryakin, Solo and Waverly, respectively.
“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” was not the first television to film adaptation Hammer appeared in as a lead character. In 2013, he played the title role in the Gore Verbinski directed action adventure western “The Lone Ranger.” While this film wasn’t entirely bad, it wasn’t exactly good either.
Having picked up no fewer than 17 awards for his portrayal of Elio, inclusive of wins from the Austin Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, there is little doubt Guadagnino is proud of the contribution Chalamet made to the production.
Further to “Call Me by Your Name,” Chalamet also appeared as Kyle Scheible in the Greta Gerwig directed dramedy “Lady Bird.” If you have been paying at least a modicum of attention to recent entertainment news, you will know the Gerwig film has also been nominated for Best Picture.
Occupying the film editor’s chair for this production was Walter Fasano. While you might not be familiar with his name, inclusive of “L’ultimo uomo” (1995), “Blood Is Not Fresh Water” (1997), “Santa Maradona” (2001), “Mother of Tears” (2007) and “The Referee” (2013), Fasano has been responsible for editing no fewer than 67 productions. The editor is currently working on the Guadagnino directed fantasy horror mystery “Suspiria.”
Further to the Best Picture nod, “Call Me by Your Name” has picked up four nominations at the coming Academy Awards.
Even though the production was recognised with Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song nominations for Chalamet, Ivory and “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens, respectively, there was no directorial recognition bestowed on Guadagnino.
If “Call Me by Your Name” is successful in picking up the Best Picture statuette, this year will be one of those few occasions where the two top category awards go to different productions.