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Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” Disqualified From 2020 Oscars

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Genevieve Nnaji’s “Lionheart” film has been disqualified from the 2020 Oscar nominations. Lion Heart was picked by the Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC) as the submission for the Best International Feature Film category for the 2020 Oscars. However, the film was disqualified for having “too much English”.


The Academy made the disqualification via an email sent on Monday, 4th November 2019. Meanwhile, it has been revealed that ‘Lionheart’ was not vetted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee when the NOSC first picked the film.

After a recent viewing, the Academy deemed the film to have too much English dialogue and then disqualified it from the Best International Feature Film category which until this year was known as Best Foreign Language Film.


After a user Ava DuVernay mentioned it, Genevieve Nnaji reacted to its disqualification on Twitter.


See the tweets below:




Genevieve Nnaji made her directorial debut in “Lionheart”. She starred alongside veteran actors such as Pete Edochie, Onyeka Nwenu, Nkem Owoh, Kanayo O. Kanayo and a host of other stars.


The story centres on Ada, played by Genevieve. She is a young Igbo girl that has to take care of her ffather’s struggling business when he falls ills. Also, he will have to keep the business away from the hands of their major competitor with the help of her uncle, played by Nkem Owoh.


Meanwhile, a number of Nigerians feel this disqualification is unfair as English is the official language of the country. What are your thoughts on the matter?

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