They called him by his name.
At the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards, held Saturday and broadcast live on IFC, Timothée Chalamet won Best Male Lead for his performance in the gay romance Call Me by Your Name.
The 22-year-old performer, also a Best Actor nominee at tonight’s Academy Awards, bested fellow nominees Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out, James Franco for The Disaster Artist, Robert Pattinson for Good Time, and Harris Dickinson for Beach Rats.
“I’m trying to really savor this moment,” he said, accepting his award from presenters Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Danai Gurira. “I don’t know if this kind of thing’s ever going to happen again. I hope it doesn’t sound cheesy when I say it, but I just have a lot of faith. I have a lot of faith in this industry. I have a lot of faith for our country.”
“We’ve got a whole new wave. We’re going to be good. We’re going to be fine,” Chalamet continued, name-checking Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino and other out filmmakers Xavier Dolan and Dee Rees, the latter of whom accepted the Robert Altman Award for Mudbound. “I have faith that the people who are being given the keys—I’ve gotten to know a lot of you now—and we’re going to do it, man, we’re going to make this change. It’s a day at a time.”
“This is crazy,” he added, thanking film distributor Sony Pictures Classics and boss Michael Barker for his career boost. “Two years ago I could do a movie, like, not worrying about whether I was going to have sex with a peach or not because nobody knew who I was. Now I’ve got to worry a little bit more.”
Referencing lyrics in Andy Samberg’s parody song from earlier in the ceremony (“Timothée Chalamet, if you stay indie, we’ll pronounce it the pretentious way.”), Chalamet also vowed to stay faithful to independent films in the future.
Best part of the Spirit Awards so far: Andy Samberg performs “Don’t You Forget About Me” as Judd Nelson, changing lyrics to tell indie darlings not to go Hollywood on us. Prepare to LOL. pic.twitter.com/n0UsJY4hZo
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) March 3, 2018
Call Me by Your Name ultimately lost Best Picture to Get Out, and Get Out’s Jordan Peele won Best Director over Guadagnino. Set in the Italian countryside, the queer drama did take home the Best Cinematography award for Sayombhu Mukdeeprom.
The Spirit Awards ceremony’s hosts, comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, certainly had plenty to say about Chalamet and Call Me by Your Name in their opening duologue.
“There’s a joke we want to do later, and we don’t want to give it away, but we just need to know from IFC, are we allowed to say ‘cum peach’?” Kroll asked. “What if we said that there was a certain type of stone fruit that is filled to the brim with ejaculate? Is that okay?”
“Oh, boy,” Chalamet said to absent co-star Armie Hammer, seen bare-chested via Skype.
“You know who’s like in love with Timothée Chalamet? My wife,” Mulaney said. “And it hurts my feelings.”
“I love your name, by the way,” he added. “Timothée Chalamet. I want to hear RuPaul say, ‘Chalamet, you stay. DuVernay, sashay away.’”
Kroll, who joked that Chalamet’s oversized shirt made it look like he worked at a gas station, also took time to note that Hammer is a “such a goddamn hunk.”
“Call Me By Your Name? More like Fuck Me By Act Two,” Mulaney quipped. “Just fuck already, guys!”
The hosts also heavily ripped on some of the men in Hollywood accused of sexual misconduct as part of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, including Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, Woody Allen, Louis C.K., and Mario Batali.
“Last year everyone famous died; this year everyone famous wishes they were dead,” Mulaney joked. “Can you separate the art from the man?”
“Like with Kevin Spacey,” Kroll said. “Can we still love K-PAX?”
Kroll also mocked Spacey’s terrible apology in response to Anthony Rapp’s accusations of sexual misconduct: “’I don’t remember doing this, but I know I was drunk when I did it. Also, in a Keyser Soze-like twist, I’m coming out of the closet. So, to sum it up, I’m connecting being gay with assaulting a minor. And now to let the congratulations notes roll in.’”
Other winners at the 33rd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards included Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Allison Janney for I, Tonya, and Greta Gerwig for her Lady Bird screenplay. A Fantastic Woman, the Chilean film staring transgender actress Daniela Vega, won Best International Film.
Watch Chalamet’s speech and the show’s opening below.