Genevieve Nnaji reacts emotionally to losing out at the Oscars.
There has been rancour on different social media platforms following the disqualification of Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial movie debut ‘Lionheart.’
Nollywood’s first-ever submission for best international feature Oscar consideration, ‘Lionheart’, has been disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for having too much dialogue in English.
The movie, in which Nnaji also stars, is partially in the Igbo language of Nigeria. But it is mostly in English, which violates an academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
The film had not been vetted by the academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee in advance of the October 7 announcement of qualifying films but was recently viewed and determined not to qualify in a category that until this year was known as Best Foreign Language Film.
This didn't go down well with Genevieve who tweeted at the academy that in Nigeria, the predominant language and lingua franca is English amidst the over 500 languages.
Director, Ava DuVernay, also weighed in on the subject, supporting Genevieve and questioning if the Oscars intends to forever ban movies from Nigeria.
There have been mixed reactions from the online audience about the decision of the academy.
The academy will not bend their rules just to suit Genevieve's movie. It wants a movie in local dialects and Nigerians should try to adhere to the rules before submission.