Real reason why Lionheart movie was disqualified from Oscar Awards
Lionheart, a movie by Genevieve Nnaji, which is Nigeria’s first ever submission in Oscar Awards for Best International Feature, has been disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for having too much English dialogue.
The movie is about a woman (Genevieve Nnaji) trying to ensure her father’s business stays afloat in a male dominated industry.
The 95 minutes movie has 11 minutes out of it only in non-English. This goes against the Academy rule which says a movie for Best International Feature must be “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
The category was changed from best foreign-language film to best international feature film early this year.
Despite the disqualification, Lionheart is still eligible for other categories.
The treatment meted out to Lionheart was also done in 2015 to Afghan film “Utopia” and the 2007 Israeli movie “The Band’s Visit”.
A Hollywood figure, Director Ava Duvernay reacted to the disqualification of Lionheart via a tweet.
“To @TheAcademy, You disqualified Nigeria’s first-ever submission for Best International Feature because its in English. But English is the official language of Nigeria. Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official language?”