Indian origin actor Dev Patel has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance in ‘Lion’.
The London-born actor, who shot to fame with Danny Boyle’s 2009 Oscar-winning film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, plays an Australian-Indian who tries to find his lost family in India through the help of Google map.
"Ok, so I just received a call to say that I've been nominated for an Academy Award...
"To be totally honest, the news hasn't made it's 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 26-year-old actor said in a statement.
"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 added.
"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.”
"'Lion' reaffirms the message that love is not dictated by the color 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," he said.
The 2017 Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Hollywood on February 26.