According to reports, the organizers of the Oscars have disqualified Nigeria’s first-ever entry in the International Feature Film category because it has too much dialogue in English language.
The disqualification of Lionheart – directed by and starring Genevieve Nnaji, one of the biggest stars in Nollywood, was conveyed in an email to voters for the category.
According to the rules by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, “an international film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (defined as over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
Lionheart, however, has just under 12 minutes of dialogue that is in the Igbo language, while the rest of the 95-minute feature is in English language.
The movie was scheduled to be screened to voters for the category, formerly known as best foreign language film, on Wednesday.
The director and star of Lionheart, Genevieve Nnaji, wrote this on twitter…
‘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‘
Nigerians have been reacting since the news hit the internet.