Nigeria’s First Oscar Entry, ‘LionHeart’ Disqualified For Being In English
Nigeria LionHeart Oscar: ‘Lionheart‘, which is Nigeria’s first Oscar entry has been disqualified by the Academy because -wait for it- it’s in English!!!. Yeah, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to us either.
Genevieve Nnaji — who has been called the Julia Roberts of Nigeria — “Lionheart” has earned strong reviews with her movie. However, the film, which is currently streaming on Netflix, is mostly in English, running afoul of an academy rule that entries in the freshly renamed international feature film category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
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Several Reactions have trailed this announcement.
Ava DuVernay, the director of When They See Us, slammed the organization on Monday after it announced that the Nigerian film was being disqualified from the Oscar race.
She took to twitter to voice her concern over the decision.
“To @TheAcademy, You disqualified Nigeria’s first-ever submission for Best International Feature because its in English. But English is the official language of Nigeria,”.
DuVernay tweeted Monday afternoon. Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official language?
For her part, Nnaji tweeted in response to the academy’s decision that her movie “represents the way we speak as Nigerians. We did not choose who colonized us. As ever, this film and many like it, is proudly Nigerian.”
To many longtime Oscar watchers, the “Lionheart” decision may further highlight the overly arbitrary and sometimes perplexing rules governing eligibility in the international category.
Lionheart is currently available on Netflix.
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