Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart Movie’ Disqualified From Oscars For Having Too Much English Dialogue

Nollywood’s first-ever submission for the Best International Feature category for Oscar consideration, the movie “Lionheart,” has been disqualified to the surprise of many.

The ‘Lionheart Movie’ by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was disqualified for having too much dialogue in English and it’s strange how they arrived at that decision since Nigeria is an English speaking country.

The ‘Lionheart Movie’ despite having the Igbo language partly was taken off the list of movies in the Best International Feature Film category to compete for the Oscars Award because of the too much English language used.

According to the Academy rule, entries in the Best International Feature Film category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

The film had not been vetted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee in advance of the Oct. 7 announcement of qualifying films but was determined not to qualify in the Best International Feature Film category that until this year was known as Best Foreign Language Film.

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