Dev Patel, the British actor of Indian origin, continues his award-winning streak this season as he grabbed the prestigious BAFTA Award in the category of Best Actor in Supporting role for his critically acclaimed performance in the Garth Davis directed movie, Lion.
Lion also wins the award for Best Adapted Screenplay in the 70th BAFTA(British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards.
Dev Patel was competing against big names in the category like Jeff Bridges form Hell or High Water, Mahershala Ali from the movie Moonlight, Aaron Taylor-Johnson from Nocturnal Animals and Hugh Grant from Florence Foster Jenkins.
Dev, who recently lost the award in the same category at the 74th Golden Globes to Aaron Taylor-Johnson form Nocturnal Animals, managed to win big this time at BAFTA. And with it, he reestablished his chances for the forthcoming Oscar too.
"I would be lying if I say that awards are not amazing. Awards can really change someone's career. You get recognition. You might get scripts that you didn't get earlier. But I never took up a project thinking about a golden statue." Said Dev in a statement after getting the award.
Directed by Garth Davis, Lion had also been put under fierce competition from the movies like Hacksaw Ridge, Nocturnal Animals, Hidden Figures and Arrival in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay. But ultimately Lion managed to bag the award.