LION ROARS WITH FOUR GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS
The film earned nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Score – Motion Picture
December 12, 2016 - New York, NY – The Weinstein Company’s (TWC) film LION was nominated for four Golden Globes by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the following categories: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting role for Dev Patel, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting role for Nicole Kidman, and Best Original Score. The Hollywood Foreign Press will hand out their awards at the 74th Annual Golden Globes® on Sunday, January 8th, 2017.
LION tells the true story of Saroo Brierley, who at 5 years old gets lost on a train, accidentally separated from his family, and struggles to survive alone on the streets of Kolkata before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
Dev Patel, who plays the adult Saroo, was woken up to a phone call from his publicist sharing the good news. "I literally just woke up to this news. I am so humbled to be acknowledged in a category alongside these incredible gentlemen. I'm feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for my real family back home in London and in India, and for my "Lion" family, especially for the leader of our pride, director Garth Davis. The best thing about this though is that my mom is going to be really f-ing happy."
Nicole Kidman, who plays Sue Brierley, Saroo’s adoptive mother was ecstatic about the news, “This nomination is even more emotional and I’m more grateful than ever before. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press!”
Producers Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Angie Fielder commented: “We are so pleased and humbled by the nominations this morning. It’s been a privilege to tell this extraordinary true story about unconditional love of family and its ability to transcend decades and oceans. We are overjoyed that the HFPA shares in the triumph of Saroo’s emotional journey to find home.”
Composers Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka commented: “We awoke early this morning by the exciting news, in the same house in Los Angeles where we wrote most of the score to LION, so it feels full circle. We are extremely honored by this nomination and also to be a part of this film which has so much meaning for us, and hopefully for others. Everyone who worked on this film put so much heart into it and it’s wonderful to receive this esteemed acknowledgment.”
TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein commented: “We are thrilled by all the nominations. It’s always an honor to achieve such recognition from the HFPA. Everyone who worked on our films - LION, SING STREET, and Dimension's GOLD has so much passion and dedication for their films and I’m so proud of the incredible work they’ve done.”
The film reveals that an astonishing 80,000 children go missing in India each year and over 11 million children are living on the streets alone. TWC and See-Saw Films have partnered with non-profit organizations Magic Bus and Railway Children to launch the #LIONHEART campaign in the hopes of helping the millions of vulnerable children in India, and preventing stories like Saroo’s from happening again.