‘Lionheart’ Movie refused as Nigerian Oscar entry

A couple of weeks ago, we woke up to the impressive news that Genevieve Nnaji’s movie Lionheart was to represent Nigeria at the Oscars as the official entry for the country.

The entire nation celebrated this monumental achievement as social media was abuzz with congratulations to the film maker.

But a few days later, the tide has turned and Lionheart is in the news again.
This time because the Netflix acquired movie has been discarded as an Oscar entry because the movie was done in English language, thereby violating the Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

American filmmaker, Ava Duvernay went on twitter to register her displeasure at what she regarded as an unfair reason for disqualifying the entry due to its linguistic delivery.

Find her tweet below:

The Oscar Academy is yet to respond to the tweet accusation which has received over 26,000 retweets and nearly 70,000 likes.

Fingers crossed.

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