Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences disqualifies Nigeria’s submission for best international feature Oscar consideration “Lionheart“.
Lionheart, a movie by Nigeria’s Actor Genevieve Nnaji. The Movie which first gained international recognition when it was bought to stream on Netflix for over 1 Billion Naira was submitted for the best international feature Oscar consideration has been disqualified.
The disqualification of the movie “Lionheart” follows a reason the Academy has been holding for some time now but isn’t well taken this time.
REASON FOR DISQUALIFICATION
The movie was disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for having too much English dialogue though some international movie stars have overruled the decision quoting that “English is the official language of Nigeria”.
Though a different story this time, it’s not the first time the Academy has disqualified a movie for same reason. in 2015, the Academy disqualified Afghan film “Utopia” and the 2007 Israeli movie “The Band’s Visit” for same reason.
“Lionheart” was one of 10 African films officially submitted for Oscar consideration this year, a record for the continent. With the disqualification, the number of films in contention for the award has dropped from 93 to 92. The film is still eligible to be considered in other Oscar categories.
Several reactions have been trending on Social media platforms and concerned individuals are requesting for the Movie to be re-considered.
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