Nigerians React To Genevieve’s LionHeart Oscar Disqualification

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Nigerians and the world at large have been reacting to the disqualification of Genevieve’s Nnaji LionHeart movie.

According to the Academy Awards, officially and popularly known as the Oscars, LionHeart violates an important requirement — entries in this category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

The Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) has responded by admitting that they made a mistake in submitting “Lionheart” for Oscar consideration.

In a statement released today, November 5, 2019, the committee’s chairman, Chineze Anyaenesaid: “The budding Nigerian film industry is often faced with producing films with wide reach which often makes the recording dialogue predominantly English with non-English infusions in some cases. Going forward, the committee intends to submit films that are predominantly foreign language — non-English recording dialogue.

“The committee is working tirelessly in organizing workshops, seminars and using other available media to create robust awareness on the guidelines and requirements for an International Feature Film Entry. Lionheart passed on other technical requirements from story, to sound and picture except for language as adjudged by the Academy screening matrix, which was a challenge for the committee at a time. This is an eye-opener and a step forward into growing a better industry.”