Indian-origin British actor Dev Patel won the BAFTA Award for the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in ‘Lion’ on Sunday. The winners for the 70th British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards were announced at the Royal Albert Hall. The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ fame Dev Patel was nominated with Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight). Recently, Patel lost the Best Supporting Actor award to Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the 74th Golden Globes. But after BAFTA award, his fans are waiting to see if he wins an Oscar.
Also ‘Lion’ picked up BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. In that category, it was contending with films Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures and Nocturnal Animals.
Directed by Garth Davis, Lion is based on Saroo Brierley’s best-selling autobiography ‘A Long Way Home’. The story is about an Indian boy who falls asleep on a train, only to wake up and realize he is miles away from home in a strange land, where he does not speak the language. He experiences many challenges before getting adopted by a couple in Australia. Years later, he sets out to find his lost family with the help of Google earth.
Emma Stone’s performance in La La Land and Casey Affleck’s work in Manchester By The Sea won them the Best Leading Actress and Actor Honour respectively at BAFTA.
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