Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Oscar Disqualify "Lionheart" by Genevieve Nnaji having too much dialogue in English
Emmy.ng reports that Nigeria's participation in the 2020 Oscar "LionHeart" was disqualified on Monday, November 4 for having too much dialogue in English.
The film, which is Nigeria's first Oscar presentation, was presented in the Oscar category of the international feature film. The Academy's description of an international film "is a feature film (defined as more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America with a mostly non-English dialogue track".
LionHeart, which is not excluded from other Oscar categories, including the best film, has just under 12 minutes of Igbo native language dialogue in southeastern Nigeria, with the remaining 94 minutes in English. With the disqualification, the number of films in dispute for the prize went from 93 to 92.
However, responding to the disqualification on Twitter, Genevieve Nnaji wrote:
"This film represents our way of speaking as Nigerians, which includes English, which serves as a bridge between more than 500 languages spoken in our country, which makes us #OneNigeria." She added, "It's no different from the way French connects the communities of the former French colonies - we do not choose the one that has colonized us." As always, this film and many similar films are proudly Nigerian.
The American filmmaker who directed the miniseries of the drama Netflix When they see us, Ava DuVernay also reacted to the disqualification. She tweeted;
"For @TheAcademy, he disqualified Nigeria's first presentation in the category" Best International Film "because it is in English, but English is the official language of Nigeria, so do not let this country compete for an Oscar in its official language?"