Genevieve Nnaji’s dream to land an Oscar for her first ever produced movie dubbed ‘Lionheart’ has ended in tatters after she was disqualified from making an entry into the movie awards.
‘Lionheart’ was taken off the list of movies in the Best International Feature Film category to compete for the Oscars Award because of the language used in the movie.
Although the movie contained a little of Igbo Language, it is mostly in English, which violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
American filmmaker, Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to question the Academy’s decision to disqualify ‘Lion heart’ from the list of entries for the Oscars Award, insisting that English is Nigeria’s official language.
Stressing further, She also asked the ‘Academy’ if they are trying bar Nigeria from competing for an Oscar in its official language.
Lionheart,” in which Nnaji plays a woman who tries to keep her father’s struggling company afloat in a male-dominated environment, is currently available on Netflix.