Connect with us

Film

Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ disqualified from Oscar race

Published

on

Nigerian film director and actor Genevieve Nnaji has protested against the disqualification of her film, Lionheart, from Oscar’s Best International Feature Film category.

The Academy dropped the Nigerian comedy “for having too much dialogue in English”, which violates its rule that requires entries in the international category to have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

Lionheart, which is Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Oscar, is largely in English, with an 11-minute section in the Igbo language.

The film, which has earned strong reviews and is currently streaming on Netflix, had been scheduled to screen for Academy voters in the international category on Wednesday.

“LionHeart” (2018) as directed by Genevieve Nnaji

Its disqualification was announced to voters in an email on Monday, according to The Wrap website.

It was one of the unprecedented 29 films out of 93 originally submitted this year that were directed by women.

The Director Genevieve Nnaji, who also stars in the film, protested against the disqualification on Twitter saying the film “represents the way we speak as Nigerians.”

She added that; “This includes English which acts as a bridge between the 500+ languages spoken in our country. We did not choose who colonised us. As ever, this film and many like it, is proudly Nigerian.”

Top Hollywood director Ava DuVernay tweeted in support of Lionheart asking if the disqualification meant “barring” Nigeria from ever competing for an Oscar:

Watch the “Lionheart” Movie Trailer Below:

Source: bbc.com

Sylvester Owusu is a Passionate Writer and PR Strategist. He holds a degree in Communication Studies at the Ghana Institute of Journalism. He is currently the President of Vibeweek.com. Sylvester is skilled at Graphic Designing, Web Development, Social Media Marketing and Brand/Talent Management.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

More News

Football6 hours ago

BREAKING: Kick Off Date For 2019/20 Ghana Premier League Season Announced

The 2019/20 Ghana Premier League season will commence in December after thorough deliberation with stakeholders, vibeweek.com can confirm. The new...

News9 hours ago

BREAKING:”African Giant” Burna Boy earns Grammy Nomination

Burna Boy is undoubtedly the biggest Artiste in Africa right now. His Nomination in the Best World Music Album category...

Buzz12 hours ago

Full List Of Grammy Nomination For 2020 Drops, See List

The 2020 Grammy Awards nomination list has been released and its a big win for Nigeria because Burna Boy’s boy...

Events18 hours ago

Sarkodie, Efya, are lead speakers for ACCES 2019

The skies of Ghana will sparkle when a galaxy of stars from GH, other African countries and the Diaspora come...

Education19 hours ago

WAEC withholds results of 753 Private WASSCE candidates

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released provisional results of candidates who sat for the 2019 West African Senior...

Buzz19 hours ago

Kelvynboy shades Stonebowy in Latest tweets, StreetBeatz responded + other matters

The ongoing beef between Kelvynboy and his former Boss, Stonebowy is never ending soon as the former has thrown shots...

Football22 hours ago

Tottenham Hotspur Appoints José Mourinho as their New Manager

Tottenham Hotspur has announced the appointment of José Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that will run until...

News1 day ago

Ghana Procures 3 Boeing Airplanes for Relaunch of International airline

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the government of Ghana and The Boeing Company for three airplanes...

Sports1 day ago

Man City Announce Record £535m Revenue

Manchester City have announced a club-record £535.2 million ($692.3m) revenue and a £10.1 million ($13.1m) profit as part of their...

Football1 day ago

Hazard: Benzema is the Best Striker in the World

Karim Benzema is the best striker in the world, according to Real Madrid team-mate Eden Hazard. The two have begun...

Advertisement

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates .

You have Successfully Subscribed!