What Genevieve Nnaji said about the Oscar disqualification of her movie Lionheart
Actress Genevieve Nnaji has reacted to the disqualification of her movie Lionheart from the Best International Feature category of the Oscar Awards.
Lionheart was 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.”
Reacting to the disqualification, Genevieve Nnaji tweeted:
“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.”
She added, “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.”