A Nigerian-themed movie has been disqualified from the Best International Features category ahead of the 2020 Oscar Awards.
The movie ‘Joy’ written and directed by Austrian filmmaker, Sudabeh Mortezai, was disqualified by the Academy of Motion Pictures for having too much English dialogue.
“As we do every year, the Academy is in the process of reviewing the films submitted for the International Feature Film category to determine whether they meet our eligibility rules.
The film Joy, submitted by Austria, was just reviewed and is ineligible because only 33% of the dialogue is non-English,” a statement from the Academy says.
Renowned film director Ava DuVernay has faulted the Academy’s decision saying, ‘another one. How about letting countries submit the film they feel best represents its cinematic work in any given year? I’m really asking. There has to be a good reason for not. I want to understand, @TheAcademy. I know when the no English rule originated. But why? Please share’.
This comes a few days after Lionheart by Genevieve Nnaji got disqualified for the same reason.