They flinged Nigerian Actress Genevieve Nnaji’s Lion Heart movie out of the Oscar and honestly it got in the feelings of many especially because it’s the first Nigerian movie to be nominated for an Oscar 😣
The movie which was directed by Genevieve Nnaji was selected as the country’s selection to compete at Oscars 2020 under the International Feature Film category but was later disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences because it has too many dialogues in English.
According to them as the Academy’s rules for this category, “an international film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (defined as over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” Out of its 94-minute runtime, Lionheart has around 12 minutes of dialogue in Southeastern Nigeria’s native language, Igbo, but the rest of the film is in English. But the film is not prohibited from entering any other Oscar categories, including the Best Picture section.
Genevieve reacted to the decision stating;
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. 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.