Nigeria’s debut entry for the international feature film Oscar category, Genevieve Nnaji’s “” has ‘sadly’ been disqualified by the screening committee.
Announcing its disqualification yesterday, 4th November, 2019 based on the Academy rules - An international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track, and ‘Lionheart’ was thereby disqualified, as it predominantly features English dialogue.
I am the director of Lionheart. This movie represents the way we speak as Nigerians. This includes English which acts as a bridge between the 500+ languages spoken in our country; thereby making us #OneNigeria. @TheAcademy..."
Furthermore: “It’s no different to how French connects communities in former French colonies. We did not choose who colonized us. As ever, this film and many like it, is proudly Nigerian. @TheAcademy”
Her response follows the reaction of Hollywood film director,