With six Academy Award nomination including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Dev Patel), and Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman), “Lion” has certainly roared this Oscar season. This Weinstein Company release tells the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley (Patel), who as a five-year-old boy was separated from his family in Calcutta and later adopted by an Australian couple (Kidman and David Wenham). Twenty-five years later, he uses modern technology to seek out his birth mother. Both Patel and Kidman recently sat down with Gold Derby to chat about their roles
Patel, who just won the BAFTA prize, embarked on a, “process of isolation” to prepare for the film, in which he, “traveled across India on trains, writing diaries, trying to understand what it would be like to be alone.” To play his adopted parent, Kidman reveals she, “related to him as a mother. I would go up to him and stroke his hair and touch his face and hold his hand. He gave permission for that, which was terrific.”
Among the behind-the-scenes contenders, we spoke with screenwriter Luke Davies, who just won the BAFTA award; cinematographer Greig Fraser, who took the ASC prize; and composers Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka.
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Nicole Kidman, who plays Sue Brierley
Luke Davies, Writer
Greig Fraser, Cinematographer
Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka, Composers
We also spoke with director Garth Davis, who won the DGA Award for Best First Feature. Click below to be taken to his full interview:
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