It’s the biggest night in Tinseltown and perhaps the biggest night in the young life of Dev Patel .
The movie, which also stars Nicole Kidman, tells the story of Saroo, an Indian boy adopted in Australia who returns to the country of his birth to find his lost family.
His nomination means Dev, who grew up in Rayners Lane and began his acting career on Channel 4’s Skins before finding international fame in Slumdog Millionaire, joins a long and illustrious list of west London stars gunning for Oscar glory.
getwestlondon takes a look at some of the stars from our neck of the woods who conquered Hollywood.
Not to be confused with his namesake and star of films such as The Great Escape and Bullitt, Steve McQueen won an Oscar for best director in 2014 for 12 Years a Slave.
He was born in 1969 and attended Drayton Manor High School in Hanwell . His dyslexia and lazy eye which required the wearing of an eyepatch meant school life was far from easy.
Nonetheless, he would find his way to into art, taking an A-level in the subject at Hammersmith and West London College before moving on to the Chelsea College of Art and Design and then the prestigious Goldsmiths College.
For the record, the actor Steve McQueen never won an Oscar.
Part of the famous Redgrave dynasty, Vanessa Redgrave won her Academy Award as best supporting actress in Julia in 1979.
The 80-year-old now lives in Chiswick, and is a staunch healthcare activist in the area, actively fighting against the downgrading of Charing Cross Hospital.
She also premiered her first film as director - Sea Sorrow, a documentary which focuses on the plight of refugees fleeing to Europe - at Hammersmith Town Hall in December (see video below).
Daniel Day Lewis
The three-time Oscar winner was actually born in Kensington in 1957.
His mother was the English actress Jill Balcon, and his maternal grandfather, Michael, Balcon, the head of Ealing Studios .
So it is little surprise that acting was in his blood.
He is famous for a slew of fine performances in films such as In the Name of the Father and Gangs of New York.
But his gongs - all in the best actor category - were won in My Left Foot (1990), There Will Be Blood (2008) and Lincoln (2013).
Two-time Oscar recipient Emma Thompson was born in Paddington and has been Academy Awards nominated on five occasions.
She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, and was part of the celebrated Footlights troupe, appearing on stage with the likes of Hugh Lawrie and Stephen Fry
Her triumphs came in Howards End (Best Actress, 1992) and Sense and Sensibility (Best Adapted Screenplay, 1995).
It makes her the only person to have won an Oscar for both her writing and acting.
She is the voice of Mrs Potts in the new Beauty and Beast film .
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Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital when it was in Hammersmith, before its relocation to the Hammersmith Hospital site.
She built up a reputation as a fine actress while at the Royal Shakespeare Company, before starring on screen and TV, with performances in Excalibur, The Madness of King George and Prime Suspect.
She has been nominated for four Oscar, winning best actress for her portrayal of Elizabeth II in The Queen.
Born and brought up in Westminster, Eddie Redmayne first shot to prominence in The Good Shepherd, a film directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.
But he achieved critical success for his portrayal of Prof Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, which saw him walk away with best actor gongs in the Academy Awards, Baftas and Screen Actors Guild.
Sir Alec Guinness
A true screen great, Sir Alec was born in Lauderdale Road, Maida Vale, and went on to feature in several of the great Ealing comedies , in films including The Lavender Hill Mob and Kind Hearts and Coronets.
He later found fame with a new generation as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy.
But his Oscar success came in 1958, when he won best actor for his performance in The Bridge on the River Kwai.
And some who just fell short...
Sir Alfred Hitchcock
Regarded as one of the finest movie makers ever, Alfred Hitchcock was nominated five times for best director, but never won.
Before hitting the big time, the Master of Suspense lived in Kensington, and would regularly visit the Kensington Odeon cinema.
An English Heritage blue plaque, unveiled in 1999, marks where Hitchcock lived in London at 153 Cromwell Road.
He also married his wife Alma Reville at the Brompton Oratory in South Kensington.
With the Kensington Odeon currently under threat, campaigners want to save the building as an arts centre called The Hitchcock, Kensington .
Another regular visitor to the Kensington Odeon , the Sherlock actor signed a petition to keep the picture house open.
He was nominated for Best Actor in 2015 after playing Enigma Code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
Hammersmith-born actor Tom Hardy is known for his tour-de-force performances in films such as Warrior and Dark Knight Rises.
It was one such performance, in The Revenant, which earned the star a Best Actor nomination in the 2015 Academy Awards.
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