Unique Actress Genevieve Nnaji Reacts As Oscar Disqualifies Lionheart Over English Dialogue.
It was disclosed on Monday November 4th 2019 that Lionheart was dropped from Oscar’s consideration for being in English language.
According to the requirements of the Academy Awards,movies in the international feature film category should have a major non English dialogue track.
The very first Nigerian movie to ever be sent for consideration at the Academy Awards has been dropped.
On the 4th of November 2019 Genevieve Nnaji’s first directed movie Lionheart was disqualified from the Oscars race for being in English language. initially lion heart had been sent for Oscars consideration under the international film feature film category.
However it seems the movie did not make it through as it was dropped even before the voters in the best international feature film category even got a chance to view it.
A major reason why this movie was rejected was because the Academy revealed that Lionheart did not meet the necessary language requirements because it was majorly in English language.
The movie Lionheart is a Nigerian movie majorly done in English and Igbo language. The Academy requires a film to have a predominantly non English dialogue track to be included in the best international feature film category
The removal of Lionheart from the Oscars race makes the movie competing in the category to be numbered 92 and also makes the number of female directors to drop to 28.
In various posts shared on the Social media:Twitter, Genevieve responded to this disqualification of Lionheart.
According to her Lionheart is majorly a Nigerian movie although it was predominantly done in English language, she also stated that English is the lingua in Nigeria as it brings together people in a country that has over 500 languages.