The movie “Lionheart” produced by actress Genevieve Nnaji has been disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for having too much dialogue in English.
Eye9ja understands that the movie titled “Lionheart” happens to be Nigeria’s first-ever submission for best international feature Oscar consideration.
This online news platform recalls that the movie “Lionheart” which was directed and starring Genevieve the famous Julia Roberts of Nigeria — “Lionheart” has earned strong reviews.
English was the dominant language in the movie, running aforehand of an academy rule that entries in the freshly renamed international feature film category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
The movie which is one of the top 10 African films which was submitted for Oscar consideration this year, a record for the continent, With the disqualification, the number of films in contention for the award has dropped from 93 to 92.
Actress Genevieve, took to Twitter to react after director Ava DuVernay tweeted, noting that English is the official language of Nigeria.
Genevieve wrote, “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.