Genevieve Speaks On Oscar Disqualification Of ‘Lionsheart’ Movie

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In the Best International Feature Film category, the Oscar Academy disqualified Nigeria’s “Lionheart” from the competition.

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

“Lionheart” which was directed by actress-turned-director Genevieve Nnaji, was disqualified because it violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

However “Lionheart,” in which Nnaji also stars, is partially in the Igbo language of Nigeria but it is mostly in English

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

Genevieve confirmed the development in a series of tweets on her official Twitter page.

She wrote: “Thank you so much. I am the director of Lionheart. 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.

“The manner in which French binds people in former French colonies is no different. They haven’t chosen who colonized us. As ever, this movie is firmly Nigerian, and many like it.”

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