It’s shaping up to be a big year for young actor Timothée Chalamet, 21, star of the acclaimed drama Call Me By Your Name. His performance in the Italy-set love story has been called “stealthily devastating [and] masterfully modulated” by Billboard sister publication The Hollywood Reporter and on Monday (Nov. 27) the film picked up best feature and Chalamet snagged the breakthrough actor nod at the IFP Gotham Awards for his performance in the coming-of-age story about a brainy 17 year-old who falls for his father’s 24 year-old research assistant during a summer overseas in 1983.
But it was his list of musical and acting inspirations that caught the attention of his growing cadre of fans.
The clearly nervous actor took the stage to accept and off the top he joked, “I don’t know who I fooled to let me into a category with someone as talented as Mary J. Blige [also earning big praise for her dramatic turn in Mudbound]… but I will take it,” he said. “I’m only 21, so I’m more of a Growing Pains guy than a My Life kind of guy, but the ease with which you are able to traverse across so many mediums with such skill Ms. Blige is a tremendous inspiration. And I’m simply honored to be included in the category with you tonight.”
Chalamet then thanked all the usual suspects — the studio, the director, the screenwriter, co-star Armie Hammer — but he saved some of the biggest praise for an unusual suspect. “And lastly, since I am a New York guy — I did go to LaGuardia High School [For the Performing Arts] — I thought I’d take a moment to thank some New York artists that have inspired me to pursue this crazy career in the arts.”
That list included the above-mentioned Blige, director/actor Greta Gerwig, Al Pacino, John Leguizamo and… Cardi B.
When a fan tweeted about the unexpected shout-out, the “Bodak Yellow” MC replied, “Really ?im so honored!”
Really ?im so honored! https://t.co/y2ZMbi0CHe
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) November 28, 2017
Check out Chalamet’s speech below: