While viewers across the world who tuned in to watch the 89th Academy Awards – Oscars 2017 – are probably still recovering from the shocking twist of the wrong film being announced as the winner for Best Picture, there was something else at the awards that had everyone’s attention.
Be it chatting up interviewers at the famed red carpet in two languages or simply paying loving attention to mom, the lads of the acclaimed hit Lion, 8-year-old Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel seemed to be on a mission to steal hearts. And they certainly succeeded.
Here are our favourite moments from the duo at the Oscars:
When Sunny spoke in Hindi at the red carpet
The boy from Mumbai beat out 2,000 other kids to bag the role of the main character Saroo. And he showed off his versatility by tackling a red carpet interview by Ryan Seacrest by coolly switching between English and Hindi.
All the while gushing with excitement over attending the Oscars.
8-year-old Sunny Pawar spoke two languages on the #Oscars red carpet ?
Posted by Refinery29 on Sunday, February 26, 2017
When Dev decided to help Sunny look sharp
It may not have been a big speech on a podium but in one of the most underrated moments from the ceremony, Dev Patel swooped down to his young co-star’s height to fix his suit.
And yes, fans took to social media to point out just how sweet it all was.
Dev Patel fixing Sunny Pawar’s little suit is the best thing you’ll see today pic.twitter.com/v8EKGqMFeQ
— best of dev (@bestofpateI) February 27, 2017
When Dev Patel’s Oscar date was his mom
Twitterati couldn’t handle their excitement when the Oscar nominee for Best Actor showed up looking dapper in a white suit and with his mom around his arm.
What made the moment even sweeter is the fact that he refused to let go of his mother’s hand through the entire red carpet.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) February 27, 2017
When Dev Patel’s mom stole the limelight with her sari
Looking resplendent in black and gold sari, Dev Patel’s mom, Anita, couldn’t hide how proud she was of her son’s Oscar nomination.
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Viewers also noted the loving glance she threw her son’s way when his name was announced during his category.
Look at her. She’s rocking a sari and beaming like she won the lottery. Everybody go home, Dev Patel and his mom, esp his mom, won the show. pic.twitter.com/wBXbK0wpaI
— Parth (@ParthTaparia) February 27, 2017
When Sunny enacted The Lion King
During the live ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel walked down to Sunny’s seat to chat up with him over his experience at the Oscars. And then the duo to the amusement of the audience and the viewers went onto to enacting a seminal scene from the Disney animated film, The Lion King to thunderous applause.
And you can’t miss it.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 27, 2017