LION is set to become one of the most acclaimed Australian films of all time receiving six Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture.

Nicole Kidman was nominated for for best supporting actress, Dev Patel for supporting actor, Luke Davies for adapted screenplay, Greig Fraser for cinematography and Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann for original score.

The news follows LION’s record-breaking opening weekend in Australia. The $5 million weekend box office was the largest opening ever for an Australian independent film. LION remains at number one on the Australian box office charts.

The film was adapted from the incredible true story “A Long Way Home,” written by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose.

“We are humbled and grateful this morning for this fantastic honour. It’s so wonderful that the Academy has connected with LION, a film about hope, and one which portrays the best aspects of humanity. It is so exciting to see so many people who have worked so incredibly hard on this film nominated, and to be able to bring the true story of Saroo and his families to an international audience,” said LION producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning from See-Saw Films and fellow producer Angie Fielder.

This is Nicole Kidman’s fourth Oscar nomination. She won the Best Actress Award for The Hours.

Ms Kidman said:  “It is such as thrill to be part of a Australian film that has received such critical acclaim and been embraced by audiences around the world. My deep appreciation to the Brierley family for allowing us to tell their personal story and particularly Sue Brierley for trusting me me to portray her life.”

Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie from Australian distributor Transmission Films said:  “What a perfect way to end the opening week at the Australian box office for this remarkable film!  LION is truly a film that Australian and international audiences have fallen in love with and it is thrilling to see it getting the critical acclaim it deserve.  Our congratulations to the filmmaking team and amazing cast.”

LION was directed by Garth Davis from a screenplay by Luke Davies. See-Saw Films produced the film in association with Aquarius Films and Sunstar Entertainment. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder are producers with Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian and Daniel Levin executive producing.

Sunstar’s Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian said: “We are humbled to be part of such a special film and working with such an amazing team of people. We want to acknowledge the incredible work of director Garth Davis, who put his heart and soul into this project. The 6 Academy Award nominations are a fitting tribute to Garth’s vision and creative genius. And of course the Brierley family for allowing us to share their story with the world.”