Dev Patel and Lion nominated for Oscars 2017

Dev Patel has been nominated for an Oscar, for his role in the film Lion, which is based on a true story. The British Asian actor is garnering recognition.

Dev Patel and Lion Oscars 2017

Lion tells the story of a young man attempting to find his roots

Dev Patel has been nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the film Lion.

The 26-year-old British Asian actor was amongst the nominations for ‘Best Supporting Role’ at the 89th Academy Awards.

He is nominated alongside Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals).

The film he stars in, Lion is up for ‘Best Picture’. The nominations for the Oscars 2017 were announced on 24th January 2017.

Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, and La La Land are also nominated for ‘Best Picture’.

The film enjoys six Academy Award nominations in total, including ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ (Luke Davies), ‘Best Cinematography’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for Nicole Kidman.

Dev Patel plays Saroo Brierley in Lion. The film is based on a true story, and a novel that was written by Saroo Brierley himself, Lion tells the story of a young man attempting to find his roots.

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Co-starring alongside Nicole Kidman, Patel’s character is adopted by Kidman after getting lost in Kalkota. The film then follows his journey as he struggles to find his identity and trace his traditional lineage back to India.

The film has already received praise for its artistry and creating an emotional drama.

According to Bollywood Life, Dev’s mum was ecstatic at his Oscar nomination. Dev told The Hollywood Reporter:

“I just talked to my mum in London and she is screaming and crying and people are looking into her office to see what’s wrong.

“These nominations only mean we will get more butts in the seats for a movie that talks about something that is very important — those lost children on the streets on India,” Dev said.

Dev Patel was also nominated at the Golden Globes for his role in the film. He was nominated ‘Best Supporting Actor’ but lost out to Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Animals. Patel has also received a BAFTA nomination for his role.

The actor told IANS:

“I would be lying if I say that awards are not amazing. Awards can really change someone’s career. You get recognition. You might get scripts that you didn’t get earlier. But I never took up a project thinking about a golden statue.”

The Indian origin actor first made his screen debut in British drama Skins (2007-08). His big break came when he played the role of Jamal Malik in the hugely successful Slumdog Millionaire.

Patel’s role in Slumdog Millionaire earned him several nominations, including the Screen Actors Guild Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role’. He was also nominated for a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Actor in a Lead Role’.

The British Asian actor has also appeared in The Last Airbender, Chappie, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Watch our exclusive interview with Dev Patel for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel here

View the full list of nominees for the 89th Academy Awards 2017 here:

Nominations in the BEST PICTURE category
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Lion
Moonlight

Nominations in the BEST DIRECTOR category
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Nominations in the BEST ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE category
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Nominations in the BEST ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE category
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

Nominations in the BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE category
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Nominations in the BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE category
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Nominations in the BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) category
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight

Nominations in the BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) category
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Nominations in the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY category
Arrival
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

Nominations in the BEST ORIGINAL SCORE category
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Nominations in the BEST VISUAL EFFECTS category
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Nominations in the BEST FILM EDITING category
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Nominations in the BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING category
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Nominations in the BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN category
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers

Nominations in the BEST COSTUME DESIGN category
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Nominations in the BEST ORIGINAL SONG category
“Audition: The Fools Who Dream” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Nominations in the BEST SOUND EDITING category
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Nominations in the BEST SOUND MIXING category
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Nominations in the BEST ANIMATED FEATURE category
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Nominations in the BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE category
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

Nominations in the BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE category
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animated
OJ: Made in America
13th

Nominations in the BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT category
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Nominations in the BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) category
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Timecode

Nominations in the BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) category
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

The 89th Academy Awards also sees the highest number of nominations for the musical, La La Land which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

The Oscars will take place on 26th February 2017. Good luck to Dev Patel and Lion!

Alima is a free-spirited writer, aspiring novelist and insanely weird Lewis Hamilton fan. She's a Shakespeare enthusiast, with a view: "If it were easy, everyone would do it." (Loki)

Images courtesy of BFI and Lion Movie Official Twitter page



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