Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel strong contenders for Oscars for their roles in ”˜Lion’

Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel are strong contenders for this years’ Oscars for their roles in the film ”˜Lion’ with its international theme and an emotional true story. Says a Hollywood reporter, “Lion is a sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home. Nicole’s deglamorised role that makes expert use of her emotional transparency and 5-year old Sunny Pawar playing young Saroo is just adorable.”

Could this be another Slumdog Millionaire? it will be known when the Oscar nominations are announced on January 24 with actual ceremony conducted on February 26..

The highly anticipated film comes from the producers of The King’s Speech and is based on the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley. Saroo is portrayed by Dev Patel in the film and his parents John and Sue Brierley are played by Nicole Kidman and David Wenham ”“ the Brierley family joined the cast on the red carpet. LION is adapted from Saroo Brierley’s book ”˜A Long Way Home’. Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometres across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple.

Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

LION is directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies. It stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman and is produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder.

LION will be released in cinemas across Australia on 19 January 2017.

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