Reports reaching us indicate that the Academy has just disqualified Nigeria’s “Lionheart” from the list of movies in the Best International Feature Film category, that are to compete for the Oscars Award.
The movie was directed by popular Nigerian screen goddess, Genevieve Nnaji and it had high hopes of getting nominated being the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.
The movie contained a little of Igbo Language, it is mostly in English, and per the Oscars rule for nomination in that category, it somehow violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
However, many movie industry ‘gurus’ especially American filmmaker, Ava DuVernay have reacted the news.
The renowned filmmaker took to Twitter to question the Academy’s decision to disqualify ‘Lionheart’ from the list of entries for the Oscars Award, insisting that English is Nigeria’s official language.