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Kidman deserves Oscar, says director

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017 Laura Harding

The director of Nicole Kidman's latest movie says she deserves an Oscar for her role as the adoptive mother of an Indian boy in Australia.

Kidman has already been nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for her role in Lion, a film about a little boy separated from his family in India who ends up adopted by couple in Australia but uses Google Earth to find his way home.

"It was uncanny how she understood this character, her spiritual connection to this story," director Garth Davis said.

"She was crawling in this character so deeply, it was astonishing to see such a depth and fragility to the performance."

Davis said he now hopes Kidman will win another Oscar.

"I would love her to win, she deserves to win. I don't do selling things but I do believe her performance deserves to win, she is amazing."

The film is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, played by newcomer Sunny Pawar as a child and by Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel as an adult.

Patel has been recognised with best supporting actor nods at the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes and Davis said the role was a coming of age for the 26-year-old.

"Dev really found a big part of himself in this film. It wasn't a character that he found and that was perfect because that was what Saroo had to do, there was a parallel.

"Nicole was very closely related to Sue, she was the anchor and spine of the film, and for Dev, he was really having to enter a deeper emotional space in his performance.

"The film is a journey of Dev Patel. I screen-tested him so intensely He prepared for eight months for this role and the Australian accent is so difficult, but he did extensive research and rehearsal and he was so good.

"That is very rare. We had a coach on set to iron out the crinkles. Doing an accent badly in Australia does not play well at all!"

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