Dev Patel, Moana Net Oscar Nominations

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#OscarsSoWhite, hopefully no more.

The Oscar nominations came out today with six Black actors garnering nominations, the most in Oscar history. After huge uproars two years in a row about the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards, this was a refreshing change.

Asian American Pacific Islanders were also among the honored.


Dev Patel snagged a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Saroo Brierley in Lion which stars Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. Patel portrays an Indian-born Australian businessman who goes in search for his birth mother 25 years later.

Patel, of course, came on the Hollywood scene in Slum Dog Millionaire, which won eight Academy Awards, but none for acting. Patel was not even nominated back then. He is just the third Indian actor and just the 13th Asian to ever receive a nomination.

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