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Oscar: Genevieve Nnaji Reacts To Lionheart’s Disqualification!!

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The Oscar Academy has disqualified Nigeria’s “Lionheart” from the race in the Best International Feature Film category

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Lionheart is Nigeria’s first ever film submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.

“Lionheart” which was directed by actress-turned-director Genevieve Nnaji, was disqualified because it violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

However “Lionheart,” in which Nnaji also stars, is partially in the Igbo language of Nigeria but it is mostly in English.

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

Genevieve confirmed the development in a series of tweets on her official Twitter page.

She wrote: “Thank you so much. 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.

“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.”


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