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Genevieve Nnaji Expresses Disappointment As Oscar disqualifies ‘Lionheart’ – Nigerians React


Genevieve reacts over ‘Lionheart’ Disqualification by the academy

  • The Academy say Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ had too much English

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

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

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.Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart'

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. ”

Many Nigerians took to social media to support their own

See some reactions below:

If you like disqualify Lionheart from the oscars that’s your problem. I loved the movie, loved Genevieve and all the amazing cast. I think it’s time we create an Oscars that represents everybody. Let me even watch it again today, on tweet read.