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Oscars drop ‘Lionheart’ entry as a result of ‘too much English’, Genevieve reacts

Nigeria’s first-ever submission for best international feature Oscar consideration, the movie “Lionheart,” under the umbrella of Nollywood has been disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars) for having too much dialogue in English. The movie “Lionheart,” in which Nnaji also stars, is partially in the Igbo language of Nigeria. But it is mostly in English, which violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

The film had not been vetted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee in advance of the Oct. 7 announcement of qualifying films but was recently viewed and determined not to qualify in a category that until this year was known as Best Foreign Language Film. Genevieve, in her reaction to the disqualification, took to twitter to write; “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.”

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