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  • 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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