Dev Patel wins Best Supporting Actor for Lion at BAFTA Awards 2017

Dev who also starred in Srinivasa Ramanujan biopic "The man who knew infinity" was nominated for the award with Aaron Taylor-Johnson ('Nocturnal Animals'), Jeff Bridges ('Hell or High Water'), Hugh Grant ('Florence Foster Jenkins') and Mahershala Ali ('Moonlight')

Dev Patel wins Best Supporting Actor for Lion at BAFTA Awards 2017

Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel on Sunday bagged a BAFTA Award for the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Lion" which talks about an Indian boy which also won the Best Adapted Screenplay honour.

The 70th British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) were announced at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Dev who also starred in Srinivasa Ramanujan biopic "The man who knew infinity" was nominated for the award with  Aaron Taylor-Johnson ('Nocturnal Animals'), Jeff Bridges ('Hell or High Water'), Hugh Grant ('Florence Foster Jenkins') and Mahershala Ali ('Moonlight').


Patel had lost the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role award to Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the 74th Golden Globes recently, but with his win at BAFTA, pundits are making a close call for his Oscar-winning. Suited and booted with a bow-tie in place for the ceremony, he told: "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," Patel added.

Based on Saroo Brierley's best-selling autobiography "A Long Way Home", "Lion" is directed by Garth Davis. The movie is based on a true story about an Indian boy who falls asleep on a train and later wakes up to realise that he is far away from home. He faces so many challenges before getting adopted by a family in Australia. Later he finds out his lost family.

In the Best Adapted Screenplay category, 'Lion' was contending with films 'Arrival', 'Hacksaw Ridge', 'Hidden Figures' and 'Nocturnal Animals'.

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