Timothée Chalamet probably won't win Best Actor for his work in Call Me By Your Name. But it really doesn't matter at this point. Because our boy is going to the Academy Awards.
Chalamet, 22, is attending his first Oscars on March 5 as the youngest Best Actor nominee in nearly 80 years, where all signs point to him losing to Gary Oldman for being approximately the 34th person to play Winston Churchill in a movie, Darkest Hour, that approximately no one saw. Oldman, who has already won the Golden Globe, SAG and every other comparable award this year, and whom the Academy has been snubbing for decades, is more than deserving of his first Oscar after a legendary career. But Timothée (Timmy or Tim, as the Chalamaniacs call him), has already won something for more valuable than an Oscar: America’s heart.
Yes, Chalamet is having a moment. He’s being sexy on the cover of magazines like GQ, he’s charming the entire late night talk show circuit, and he has achieved the rare distinction of near-universal adoration on social media (seriously, search his name on Twitter and count the people swooning). And this moment of his, built on his role as Elio, a young man meeting his sexual awakening in the form of a chiseled, all-American Armie Hammer, is probably going to last a very, very long time. Because here's the thing: he’s an absolute fucking delight.
Chalamet himself is the Manhattan raised, white, bilingual son of a real estate broker and Broadway dancer who attended a prestigious performing arts high school and, in his young career, has already worked with the likes of Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey and Steve Carell. You’d be forgiven for assuming he’s a pretentious brat. You’d also be forgiven for assuming Call Me By Your Name is all Oscar bait and no heart. But you’d be wrong. The movie is endearing as hell, heartbreakingly so, and though Chalamet’s virtuoso talents drive it, he could not be less jaded by his early and sudden success.
I mean, look at him running around the Oscar nominees luncheon like a kid in a candy store meeting Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep and Laura Dern.