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Oscars 2018: Gay romance ‘Call Me By Your Name’ gets 4 nominations

The 90th Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday and the gay romance ‘Call Me By Your Name” earned four nominations.

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel March 4 on ABC.

‘CALL ME BY YOUR NAME’

Timothée Chalamet, 22, is the youngest Best Actor nominee in almost 80 years for his role in the highly-acclaimed gay romance-drama “Call Me By Your Name.”

In a statement published by Entertainment Weekly, Chalamet, who was traveling to Italy with his “Call Me By Your Name” costar Armie Hammer for the film’s premiere, said, “Wow, what an incredible morning. I’m a bit in shock.

‘FEELING OF GRATITUDE’

“The feeling of gratitude I have at the moment has less to do with individual achievement and more with the appreciation for the artists past honored in this category and all of the nominees of this year,” he said.

“Call Me By Your Name” chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and Oliver (Hammer), a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father.

JAMES IVORY

The film has also been nominated for picture, original song for Sufjan Stevens’ “Mystery of Love,” and adapted screenplay from James Ivory, who is gay.

Ivory was in a relationship with Ismail Merchant, who died in 2005, for 45 years. Their Merchant Ivory Productions made more than 40 films, including the gay love story “Maurice,” “A Room With a View,” and “Howard’s End.”

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In an interview last year with The New Yorker, Ivory talked about his love for Merchant.

“He was my life’s partner,” Ivory told the New Yorker. “From the beginning right on down to his final day. I lived openly with him for 45 years, in New York and wherever else we were.”

The gay romance “Call Me By Your Name” is nominated for four Academy Awards. Photo: Photo by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom/Sony Pictures Classics

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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