Nollywood’s Lionheart Get Disqualified from Oscar

Lionheart, a Nollywood film by Genevieve Nnaji has been disqualified from the 2020 Oscar nomination.

Lionheart was part of the ten movies from Africa listed for consideration for Oscar Academy Awards nomination for Best International Feature Film category.

The film which marks Genevieve Nnaji directorial debut was a drop for having too much English dialogue.

Lionheart by Genevieve Nnaji
Lionheart by Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve directed Lionheart is the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.

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The Academy announced the disqualification of ‘Lionheart’ to voters in the category in an email on Monday.

The Academy’s criteria for best international feature film category states that it awards film’s made outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue.

Lionheart’, in which Nnaji also stars, is partially in the Igbo language. But it is mostly in English, which seemed to violate the category’s criterion.

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‘Lionheart’, in which Nnaji plays a woman who tries to keep her father’s struggling company afloat in a male-dominated environment, is currently available on Netflix.

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