Social media is boiling with the new of the academy award disqualifying Nigeria’s own movie “lionheart” produced by one of the most loved Nollywood actress and director Genevieve Nnaji.
Genevieve Nnaji’s movie did not meet the Academy’s rules for international feature film submissions.
Ironically, some fans are in support of the disqualification based on the category in which “lionheart” was submitted.
Blame the incompetent Nigerian committee that submitted that film for that category, a twitter user wrote.
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See reactions below:
The disqualification of the film lionheart was valid.
Always educate yourself on subjects before being in your feelings and getting all sentimental .
That category is majorly non-English dislogue films!
Has nothing to do with witch-hunt.
— Andy (@andeeblayz) November 5, 2019
I think this is enough reason why Lionheart was disqualified from the Oscars. Stop blaming it on colonialism. pic.twitter.com/ZwPVIIg8RE
— Richard Omo Ibo (@MeetTheRichard) November 5, 2019
Worrying so much about things that don’t directly affect you is the pathway to living in perpetual emotional misery.
This year, I’ve learnt to factor that in whenever a topic pops up.
Like, how does the disqualification Lionheart affect me? Why should I be angry? Why bother?
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) November 5, 2019
Y’all direct all this energy to the incompetent Nigerian committee that submitted that film for that category #Lionheart
— Adebayo (@whoisdemola) November 5, 2019
In the first instance, why did they fail to check the requirements for that category? #Lionheart
— R10DESIGN (@rojublack) November 5, 2019
— IG= dochabilah (@dochabila) November 5, 2019
Lionheart is Nigeria’s first-ever submission to the Academy Awards. Nnaji stars alongside Peter Edochie and Nkem Owoh in the film, which she also co-wrote with her producing partner Chinny Onwugbenu. Lionheart premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix for worldwide distribution.