June 17, 2021

Genevieve Reacts After ‘Lion Heart’ Gets Disqualified

Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji has reacted to her move ‘Lion Heart‘ getting disqualified for a 2020 Oscar entry for international feature film.

The movie which is Nigeria’s first-ever submission to the Academy Awards, was disqualified for being in English.

The Academy’s description of an international feature film “is a feature-length motion picture (defined as over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

Reacting to the decision, Genevieve wrote :

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.”

American Film maker and director of Netflix drama mini-series “when they see us”, Ava DuVernay also reacted to the disqualification.

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She wrote :

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?”

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