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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.

Writer James Ivory, winner of the Best Adapted Screenplay award for 'Call Me By Your Name,' poses in the press room during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Alberto E. Rodriguez, 2018 Getty Images

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.

(L-R) Jake Swantko, Jon Bertain, Jim Swartz, Bryan Fogel, Anne Chaisson, David Fialkow, Dan Cogan and David Nugent attend the Hamptons International Film Festival (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Hamptons International Film Festival)
Janette Pellegrini, 2017 Getty Images

Hoover, a 1980 graduate, shared an Oscar for best visual effects on "Blade Runner 2049."

(L-R) Visual effects artists Richard R. Hoover, Paul Lambert, Gerd Nefzer, and John Nelson, winners of the Best Visual Effects award for 'Blade Runner 2049,' pose during the 90th Annual Academy Awards (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Frazer Harrison, 2018 Getty Images

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."