'A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 later, he sets out to find his lost family.' (Production summary)
'There were notable snubs again this year and the most popular movie always wins. Still, quibbles aside, Lion is a great film.'
'The internationally acclaimed film Lion has swept the early prizes of Australia’s biggest film and TV awards, winning seven of eight feature film categories at the industry luncheon on Monday, before the main award announcements on Wednesday.' (Introduction)
'To celebrate the year’s memorable plays, films, concerts, operas, ballets, and exhibitions, we invited twenty-six critics and arts professionals to nominate some personal favourites.' (Introduction)
'A week ago, most Oscar prognosticators and strategists had effectively written off Harvey Weinstein as a player in this year's awards race.'
'His movie company, troubled by executive departures and box-office misfires, had neither the money nor the manpower needed to sustain an awards campaign, Hollywood conventional wisdom held. And Weinstein's primary contender this time around, Lion, an adoption drama set in India and based on an astonishing true story, was generating virtually no tastemaker buzz. ...'