This is the kind of movie that Oscar loves - an epic with a powerful emotional story at its core. It's the story of a man who is torn between his present and his past and his struggle to find the path between. Dev Patel shines in this role, you can see how he becomes more and more haunted by his memories as the movie progresses and his obsession with finding his biological family deepens. It is profoundly emotionally affecting, but has none of the contrived sugary sweetness that often goes hand-in-hand with that. The emotion of the film is natural and builds as it progresses, and before I knew it, I was surprised to find myself completely and totally invested in this family. "Lion" is the biggest surprise for me this year, as I did not expect to love it as much as I did. Though it is certainly deserving of a nomination, this film falls into the "it was an honor to have been nominated" category.