Photographic Evidence Oscar Nominee Dev Patel Has Always Been Hot

From Skins' awkward Anwar to everyone's awards season crush, here's how Dev Patel has changed over the years

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2008

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Dave Hogan/Getty

Fans first fell in love with Dev Patel all the way back in 2008, when he made his acting debut as the goofy Anwar Kharral on the British cult hit, Skins. And if it wasn't his charisma or flailing dance moves that won over audiences, his early (and very awkward) nude scene definiely did the trick.

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2009

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Jag Gundu/Getty

Patel's big breakthrough came in 2009 when he landed the lead role in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire. "Everybody keeps on shouting 'slumdog' when I walk down the street," he told PEOPLE in 2010 about his first film role. "It's the nicest compliment. [That movie] was such an amazing experience and just a blessing."

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2009 ACADEMY AWARDS

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This Sunday won't be Patel's first trip down the Oscars red carpet — he and then-girlfriend Freida Pinto were the most adorable couple in Hollywood at the 2009 Oscars, where Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture. So, in case you were wondering: Yes, he has always looked that good in a tux.

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2010

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Jun Sato/WireImage

Is this picture in here primarily because we can't stop swooning over his smile? Definitely. Are we going to keep staring at it a little longer? Of course.

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2011 BAFTA AWARDS

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Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage

A few years before growing out his hair for Lion and starring in the HBO drama, The Newsroom, Patel was our dream man at the BAFTAs.

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2013

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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Brace yourselves: Patel's shaggy Lion locks aren't the first major hair transformation he's made. Back in 2013, he hit the Newsroom season 2 premiere with a much shorter 'do — although his trademark goofiness was still present.

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2015

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Anthony Harvey/Getty

We hate to break it to everyone who claims that Patel "Longbottomed" after his appearance on the Golden Globes: He's actually been this hot for a long, long time.

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2015

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Jim Spellman/WireImage

We just thought you might appreciate a better look at his gorgeous, gorgeous hair. You're welcome.

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2016 ACADEMY AWARDS

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Steve Granitz/WireImage

If this is any indication of the level of dapper that's headed our way on Sunday, well, we're counting down the seconds until the red carpet starts.

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IN LION

LION, Dev Patel, 2016. ph: Mark Rogers. ©The Weinstein Company/courtesy Everett Collection
The Weinstein Company/Everett

In order to land his Oscar-nominated role in Lion, Patel had to differentiate himself as much as possible from the boy in Slumdog Millionaire, which meant he had to bulk up. "It was a really fun eight months of eating like a glutton, and having fun with this awesome trainer at a gym," he told The New York Times. "More than anything it was about adopting a different physical presence on screen."

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2017 GOLDEN GLOBES

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Despite making the entire world fall in love with him in this exact moment (we still haven't full recovered), the actor joked to PEOPLE: "Whenever someone gives me a compliment about how I look, I start to malfunction." (Something tells us he's going to have to start getting used to all of those compliments.)

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2017 BAFTA AWARDS

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If Ellen DeGeneres's campaign to name him PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive didn't do the trick, this picture most definitely will. Swoon.

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