Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Sad: Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lion Heart’ Disqualified from Oscars- The actress and Hollywood director reacts.

Nigeria’s debut entry for the international feature film Oscar category, Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” 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.

Genevieve Nnaji reacted thus: “Thank you so much @ava.
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, Ava DuVernay who like many others is not happy with the decision. According to his tweet: To The Academy, You disqualified Nigeria’s first-ever submission for Best International Feature because it’s in English. But English is the official language of Nigeria. Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official language?”