On February 12, Dev Patel became the first actor of Indian descent to win a BAFTA for his role in ‘Lion’. Now all eyes are on the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ actor as he is the only Indian-origin nominee for the 89th Academy Awards to be held on Sunday in Los Angeles.
With his nomination, Dev Patel became the third actor of Indian descent to be ever nominated for an Oscar — and only the 13th Asian actor to have ever received this honour. Prior to him, Ben Kingsley and Merle Oberon were the only two names to have represented India-born actors at the Oscars.
While Kingsley, who racked up four nominations since 1982 for his acting, was a British actor of Gujarati Indian lineage. The other Oscar nominee of Indian descent, Merle Oberon, was half Indian and half Sri Lankan.
Oberon, who was born in Mumbai, appeared in films like ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, ‘I Claudius’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’. She earned her Oscar nomination for 1935’s film ‘The Dark Angel’.
The 89th Academy Awards will be hosted by late night host Jimmy Kimmel and are scheduled to be held on February 26, 2017.