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THE ACADEMY DISQUALIFIES LIONHEART AS NIGERIA’S OSCAR ENTRY, GENEVIEVE NNAJI AND AVA DU VERNAY REACTS

The Academy has disqualified Nigeria’s Lionheart movie from the Oscar nominations in the Best International Feature Film category.

The movie, which is actress Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut, was the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.

According to the Academy, Lionheart, which is partially in Igbo, violates the rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

The movie had not been reviewed by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee before it was announced as one of the qualifying films. It was however recently viewed and found not to qualify in its category.

Genevieve has reacted to the sad news of the disqualification. Her reaction came after American filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, called out the Academy for the reason it was disqualified.

Following Ava’s comment, Genevieve responded that the movie represents the way we speak as Nigerians. This includes English which acts as a bridge between the 500+ languages spoken in our country.

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