Amazing Performance: Dev Patel in 'Lion'

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Dev Patel's captivating performance in "Lion" has earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. (The Weinstein Company)

Dev Patel wowed audiences in 2008 in the inspirational, Best Picture winner Slumdog Millionaire. Now, Patel has proved in "Lion" that sometimes, real-life can be be just as uplifting as any Hollywood story.

Lion details the true story of Saroo, a man who tries to locate the family he lost years ago.

Patel went to great lengths in bringing his journey to life, riding the same trains, visiting several orphanages and even met Saroo and his family face-to-face.

"I worried he'd judge me or see right through me," Patel told Deadline. "But he was so warm and informative."

Patel received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, but the most rewarding praise came from Saroo's family.

"By the end of the movie they had come together holding hands," Patel told AOl. "This movie is really an anthem of love and unification, it's special."
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