On the week that Channel 4’s groundbreaking show Skins turns 10 years old, one of it’s alumni Dev Patel has been given an Oscar nod.

Since skins, the actor has gone on to star in films including Slumdog Millionaire, Chappie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and he received his Oscar nomination for his supporting role of Saroo in 2016’s Lion. 

He is the first Indian acting nominee in 13 years, since Ben Kingsley’s nomination for 2004’s House of Sand and Fog and the 3rd South Asian actor ever to get an Oscar nod.

Dev spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his nomination and said:

“I just talked to my mum in London and she is screaming and crying and people are looking into her office to see what’s wrong. These nominations only mean we will get more butts in the seats for a movie that talks about something that is very important — those lost children on the streets on India.” 

Patel faces some stiff competition in the form of Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water),
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals).

What do you think? Is Dev going to walk away with the iconic Oscar Statuette on February 26th 2017? Let us know in the comments below?

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