Dev Patel and Rooney Mara in the Tearjerker 'Lion'

The Weinstein Company usually has a contender in the Oscar race, but last year they fell short of a Best Picture nomination with Carol, despite six other nods for it. Could this be their return to form? It certainly looks like a movie that'll shamelessly tug on those heartstrings. I don't know- maybe too manipulative? I've always liked Dev Patel though, so I'm glad to see him in things all these years after Slumdog Millionaire (and I actually remember him from before that, when he was a teenager on the BBC teen drama Skins. Anyone else remember that show?) This got slightly mixed reviews at Toronto just yesterday, so we'll see how it plays. Never count out Weinstein completely.