January 10 2016
Young Brit star gets nomination as diversity recognised in other categories…
DEV PATEL has been nominated for a British Academy Film Award for his part in “Lion”.
His co-star and on screen mother Nicole Kidman also gets a nomination in the female supporting category.
The film, about an Indian street kid being adopted by an Australian family and rediscovering his Indian roots in adulthood, is directed by Aussie Garth Davis and also has BAFTA Film Award nominations for adapted screenplay, original music and cinematography categories, giving the film five in total.
The full list of nominees for this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards were announced this morning.
Diversity is also mainly recognised in the British short film and animation sections.
The fillip for Patel comes a day after he and Riz Ahmed missed out on the Golden Globes, having both been nominated. (See http://asianculturevulture.com/portfolios/golden-globes-2017-riz-ahmed-dev-patel-miss-black-america-fares-better/)
Patel’s name appears alongside a list of well-established, and upcoming talents in the male supporting actor category.
Also nominated in the same category is Aaron-Taylor Johnson for “Nocturnal Animals”; Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water”; Hugh Grant in “Florence Foster Jones” and Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight”.
Nominated for a British Short Film Bafta is Shpat Deda and Afolabi Kuti for “Home” alongside colleagues Daniel Mulloy and Scott O’Donnell.
In the British short animation category – Khaled Gad and Anushka Naanayakkara are recognised for their work on “A Love Story”, along with colleague Elena Ruscombe-King.
Iranian-born Babak Anvari is nominated in the Outstanding Debut by a British writer, director or producer category. The producers of the film, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill and Lucan Toh are also named in this category.
His film, “Under the Shadow” received wide critical praise and he wrote and directed the film which is about a young mother and her daughter battling a mysterious force in their Tehran home during the 1980s conflict with Iraq.
George Amponsah, writer, director and producer of “The Hard Stop” also appear in the same category alongside the film’s producer Dionne Walker. It’s a documentary which examines the death of Mark Duggan and the widespread riots that followed in 2011.
“Dheepan” the film by French director Jacques Audiard, which won the top award in Cannes in 2015, is nominated in the Film not in the English language category.
It was released in April 2016 in the UK. We interviewed both Audiard and the Tamil stars of the film (see links below).
About a refugee Sri Lankan Tamil family trying to settle in a tough housing estate on the edges of Paris, it is a visceral and at times raw attack on the senses but Audiard’s skill is to develop a sympathy and understanding for the central couple who fight back against a new oppression in their home in different ways.
“Dheepan” features alongside “Julieta” by Pedro Almodovar, “Mustang” by Deniz Ergüven and Charles Gilibert; “Son of Saul” by László Nemes, Gábor Sipos; and “Toni Erdmann” made by Maren Ade and Janine Jackowski.
Ruth Negga, who is of partly of Ethiopian origin, was named in the EE Rising Star list which was released last week. This award is open to a public vote. She was nominated for her role in “Loving” a film about a white man and black woman falling in love in 1950s segregated America. She is up against Anya Taylor-Joy, Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges and Tom Holland.
This year’s lists are dominated by “La La Land” which won big at the Golden Globes in LA on Sunday and features in 11 Bafta Film Award categories. “Arrival” and “Nocturnal Animals” both have nine nominations, while “Manchester By the Sea” has six.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday, February 12 at the Royal Albert Hall.
“Lion” releases in the UK on January 19.
To see the full list on nominations: http://www.bafta.org/
Main Picture: Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel at a BFI screentalk for ‘Lion’ during the London Film Festival, October 2016
Interview Dev Patel (‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’)