Lionheart disqualified from Oscars for too much English

Lionheart disqualified from Oscars for too much English
Genevieve Nnaji, is the director of the movie 'Lionheart'.

Nigerian film Lionheart has been disqualified from Oscar’s Best International Feature Film category.

The Oscars Academy said the movie was dropped because of too much English, which violates the rules of that category.

According to Oscars Academy, for a film to qualify for such a category it has to be in a local dialect or non- English dialogue.

Genevieve Nnaji, Nigerian film director and actress, however, do not agree with the disqualification of her film, Lionheart, she is kicking against the disqualification.

Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lion Heart’ submitted for an Oscar

“LIONHEART”, is the first Netflix Original from Nigeria, and first Nigerian submission for the Oscars. The film is largely in English, with an 11-minute section in the Igbo language.

The film, which has received positive reviews and is currently streaming on Netflix, had been scheduled to screen for Academy voters in the international category on Wednesday.

According to The Wrap website, its disqualification was announced to voters in an email on Monday.

Lionheart was one of the unprecedented 29 films out of 93 originally submitted this year that were directed by women.

Ms Nnaji, who is the director of the film, protested about the disqualification on Twitter, saying the film “represents the way we speak as Nigerians”.

She added: “This includes English, which acts as a bridge between the 500-plus languages spoken in our country. We did not choose who colonised us. As ever, this film and many like it, is proudly Nigerian.”

Top Hollywood director Ava DuVernay tweeted in support of Lionheart asking if the disqualification meant “barring” Nigeria from ever competing for an Oscar.


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