- Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji's directorial debut movie, Lionheart, has been dropped from the Oscars race
- It was revealed on Monday, 1 November, that Lionheart was dropped from Oscars consideration for being in English
- According to the Academy Awards, movies in the International Feature Film category should have 'a predominantly non-English dialogue track'.
Nigeria’s first film to ever be sent for consideration for the Academy Awards has been kicked out of the race.
On Monday, 4 November, Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut movie, Lionheart, was disqualified from the Oscars race for being in English.
Lionheart had been sent for Oscars consideration under the International Feature Film category.
However, it seems the move did not make the cut and was dropped even before voters in the Best International Feature Film category got a chance to see it.
According to The Wrap, the Academy revealed that Lionheart did not meet the necessary language requirement because it was mostly in English.
Lionheart is a Nigerian movie mainly done in English and Igbo language. It however appears that is not enough because the Academy requires a film to have "a predominantly non-English dialogue track" to be included in the Best International Feature Film category.
The disqualification of Lionheart from the Oscars race makes the movies competing in the category to be numbered 92 and also drops the number of female directors to 28.
In different posts shared on her Twitter page, Genevieve reacted to the disqualification. According to her, Lionheart is very much a Nigerian movie even though it was predominantly done in English.
She added that English is the lingua in Nigeria as it brings together people in a country of over 500 languages. See her tweets below:
Recall that Briefly.co.za had earlier reported on how Lionheart made the cut for Oscars consideration as it was the first ever Nigerian movie to be sent.
According to the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) chairwoman, Chineze Anyaene, she was glad to see filmmakers taking the rules of the Academy Awards into consideration as she hoped more Nigerian movies make the cut in future.
She said: “While we cannot say that what we have are the best that Nigeria is capable of producing, it is heart-lifting to know that, from the strength of the entries received this year, we are truly ready for the Oscars. Filmmakers are gradually taking the Oscar rules into consideration, and I have no doubt that it is going to be more competitive, going forward”.
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