US actor Timothee Chalamet has released a statement reacting to his Oscar nomination.
The 22-year-old is nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in Call Me By You Name. The romantic drama explores the love affair between a teenager and a 20-something.
Armie Hammer, who plays Timothee’s love interest in the film, failed to score a nomination.
‘I am in awe of the pedigree of the Academy’
In a statement as reported by Entertainment Weekly, Timothee said: ‘Wow, what an incredible morning. I’m a bit in shock.
‘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.
‘I am in awe of the pedigree of the Academy. I am truly honored.’
He furthermore added: ‘I’ve been traveling with Armie Hammer the last twelve hours.
‘We land in two hours and we will be back in Italy together for the first time in a year and a half. Tonight we’re getting dinner with Luca Guadagnino.
He also said: ‘Without Luca’s true mastery and vision, and without Armie’s trust and guidance, without the public arts funding that made my high school education at LaGuardia possible, I wouldn’t be in this position.
‘Thank you to those that made this possible, and the Academy, for this recognition.’
Timothee is the youngest Best Actor nominee since 1944.
Also snubbed in the nominations stage was director Luca Guadagnino.
However, the film won four overall. These included Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and also Best Song for Sufjan Stevens’ Mystery Of Love (above).