Genevieve Nnaji “Lionheart” celebrated movie has been disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The panel said the movie had “too much English dialogue”.
The movie which was directed by ace Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, according to the Los Angeles Times ran afoul of the academy rule which states that an International feature film category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
“Lionheart” is among the 10 African films that were submitted for Oscar consideration this year.“This isn’t the first time the academy has disqualified a foreign film from consideration for having too much English dialogue; in recent years, the 2015 Afghan film, Utopia, and the 2007 Israeli movie, The Band’s Visit, were disqualified for the same reason,” Los Angeles
The Director of the movie Genevieve Nnaji noted on her official account that English is the official language in Nigeria.