Indian Origin Dev Patel On His Oscar Nomination For “Lion” – The News Hasn’t Made Its Way Into My Brain Yet
Dev Patel has done it again. He is again in the forefront of Oscars after 8 years. The Indian-origin actor is just 26 year old and he has accomplished a lot already. His much discussed performance in the movie ‘Lion’ leading to the announcement of Oscar nominations has landed the actor directly in the middle of Hollywood, opening up a new world of possibilities from here onward – which Slumdog Millionaire couldn’t do for him. Dev Patel’s name was on the list of Oscar nominees announced on Tuesday and he says he’s having difficulty processing the information yet. Kenyan-born British of Indian extraction, received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category for his film Lion. “Okay, so I just received a call to say that I’ve been nominated for an Academy Award. The news hasn’t made its way into my brain yet,” he said.
Dev Patel’s first-ever Oscar nomination makes him the third actor of Indian origin to receive a nod in an acting category at the Academy Awards. He joins previous Merle Oberon, nominated for Best Actress in 1935, and Sir Ben Kingsley, four-time nominee and Best Actor winner for his work in Gandhi.
Dev Patel has featured in films like Slumdog Millionaire, The Last Airbender and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. He describes the feeling is nothing short of “overwhelming.” The actor said: “To be totally honest, the news hasn’t made its way into my brain yet, but I’m looking at these beautiful smiling faces around me. Faces of the ones I love. And I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude.”
The actor will be competing with Jeff Bridges, Mahershala Ali, Lucas Hedges and Michael Shannon for Best Supporting Actor. Lion received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Patel), Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
“What makes this moment so much more poignant is that I’ve just wrapped shooting another film in India. This enthralling country holds such a deep place in my heart, and it is where Saroo’s journey was born,” he said. Dev Patel plays Saroo Brierley, a businessman who was born in Madhya Pradesh and adopted by an Australian family. Lion is based on the true story of how he traced his birth mother.
The Slumdog actor thanked his Lion director Garth Davis. “This film would be nothing without Garth Davis. Without his love, commitment and vision this Lion wouldn’t have been able to roar. To that extent I want to share this incredible feeling with Luke, Grieg, Jenny Kent, Iain, Angie, Emile, Sunny, Nicole, David, Rooney, Divian, Priyanka, the Brierley family as well as the Weinstein Co team,” said the actor.
“Lion reaffirms the message that love is not dictated by the colour of your skin, not by race, gender, sexuality, social status, or origin. It is a message I am proud to be spreading during these uncertain times. This will forever be one of the most memorable experiences of my life,” said Dev Patel.
The 2016 drama film directed by Garth Davis (in his feature debut) and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose, Deepti Naval, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sunny Pawar.
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