Indian-origin British actor Dev Patel has been nominated for Oscar in Best Actor category in Supporting Role for his film Lion!
The nominees were announced on Tuesday by actor Terrence Howard.
Dev said in a statement:
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.
Lion is based on Saroo Brierley’s best-selling autobiography A Long Way Home. It is a true story about an Indian boy who faces a lot of challenges in Australia where he reaches accidentally.
Dev feels immense gratitude for India. He says:
This enthralling country holds such a deep place in my heart, and it is where Saroo’s journey was born.
The actor further thanks director Garth Davis.
Without his love, commitment and vision ‘Lion’ wouldn’t have been able to roar. To that extent, I want to share this incredible feeling with Luke, Grieg, Jenny Kent, Lain, Angie, Emile, Sunny, Nicole, David, Rooney, Divian, Priyanka, the Brierley family as well as the Weinstein Co team.
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.