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See Genevieve Nnaji's epic response to the disqualification of Lion Heart Oscar entry

Reacting to the news, Nnaji defended the language of the movie, saying it reflected the diversity of Nigeria’s ethnicity.


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Lion Heart Oscars' entry disqualified

So, the much-celebrated movie, Lion Heart by Nigeria’s actress-turned-director, Genevieve Nnaji, has been disqualified from the Oscar entry by the Academy on Monday.

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

The film was scheduled to screen for Academy voters in the international category on Wednesday in a double bill with the Honduran entry, “Blood, Passion, and Coffee,” according to the report.

The reason for the disqualification is that so much English was spoken in the movie. According to thewrap report, Lionheart, in which Nnaji also stars, is partially in the Igbo language. Which is good. But it is mostly in English, which is bad because it violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

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Reacting to the news, Nnaji defended the language of the movie, saying it reflected the diversity of Nigeria’s ethnicity.

“I am the director of Lionheart. This movie represents the way we speak like Nigerians. This includes English which acts as a bridge between the 500+ languages spoken in our country; thereby making us #OneNigeria,” she tweeted.

1/1 1/2 Thank you so much @ava❤️.
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. @TheAcademy https://t.co/LMfWDDNV3e

— Genevieve Nnaji MFR (@GenevieveNnaji1) November 4, 2019

 

Lion Heart’s nomination to the Oscars was announced on October 8. The film, which was acquired by Netflix on September 7, 2018, as part of the streaming giant’s original contents, was supposed to have competed at the 2020 Oscars alongside 92 other countries.

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