EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Three graduates of the University of Oregon were winners at the Academy Awards.
The winners on Sunday included filmmaker James Ivory, Jake Swantko and Richard Hoover, The Eugene Register-Guard reported .
Ivory, a four-time nominee, took home the award for best adapted screenplay for the film “Call Me By Your Name.” At 89, the 1951 graduate and Klamath Falls native became the oldest ever Oscar winner in a competitive category.
Swantko, a 30-year-old graduate of the university’s School of Journalism and Communication, worked as director of photography on best documentary winner “Icarus.” The film was his first major movie credit.
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Hoover, a 1980 graduate, shared an Oscar for best visual effects on “Blade Runner 2049.”
Swantko, in an interview Monday, described the surreal transformation of the movie that became Icarus as a “perfect storm” of circumstances that helped bolster its success.
“It was a pretty simple idea” for a movie, Swantko said. “It became a once-in-a-lifetime kinda story.”
Swantko said the positive reaction the film got at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was his first hint of the success it might achieve. Netflix later would buy the rights for a reported $5 million.
Still, the best documentary category at the Oscars is an “unpredictable,” Swantko said, and “we knew it was out of our control.”
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com