Oscar 2017: Sunny Pawar roars like ‘The Lion King’ at Oscars

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Los Angeles | Updated: February 27, 2017 10:08:18 AM

After agreeing to reenact the scene which featured baby Simba and his father Mufasa, Kimmel and Sunny recreated it in front of Hollywood stars like Nicole Kidman, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington and Emma Stone here on Sunday.

?Lion?, set in India and Australia, bagged six nominations this year at the Oscars. (Picture Credit: ANI Twitter handle)

Eight-year-old Indian actor Sunny Pawar and Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, re-enacted the scene from the popular animated film “The Lion King” here. Kimmel went up to the “Lion” actor, who has built a strong fan base for playing the child version of Saroo Brierley in the Dev Patel-starrer, and asked if he had watched the 1994 film “The Lion King”.

Sunny said: “Yes”.

After agreeing to reenact the scene which featured baby Simba and his father Mufasa, Kimmel and Sunny recreated it in front of Hollywood stars like Nicole Kidman, Matt Damon, Denzel Washington and Emma Stone here on Sunday. Kimmel lifted Sunny, dressed in a tuxedo, up in the air. This is not in the first time that Sunny has attended an award ceremony in the West. He also stole the show at the 2017 Golden Globes red carpet in January. “Lion”, set in India and Australia, bagged six nominations this year at the Oscars.

Disney’s “Zootopia” — which tells a story of a female rabbit who defies her haters to become a police officer, was named the Best Animated Feature film at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony here. The ceremony — hosted by American writer-comedian-voice actor Jimmy Kimmel– is being held at the Dolby Theatre here on Sunday night. Co-directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, the film throws light on several social inequities like gender, racial and class bias. The award was picked by Howard, Moore and producer Clark Spencer. While accepting the trophy, Howard looked back at the inception of the idea and said that “six years ago they took it up” with a hope to make “world a slightly better place”.

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Moore went on to say “We are so grateful to those who embraced this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other”. Other nominees included — “Kubo and the Two Strings” (Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner), “Moana” (John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer), “My Life as a Zucchini” (Claude Barras and Max Karli) and “The Red Turtle” (Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki). Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer also went home with the golden statuette as they won an Oscar for “Piper” — which is a Pixar-produced film — in the Best Animated Short category.

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