The news of Nigeria’s Oscars submission for ‘International feature film’ been disqualified has met the displeasure of many Nigerians.
Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart which happens to be her directorial debut was previously selected as Nigeria’s entry to the award body but based on grounds that the veteran-filled movie was predominantly dialogued in English as against the rule that states: “An international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” Lionheart was scrapped out of the list of nominations for this particular category.
Majority of opinions concerning the matter would side Miss Nnaji’s statement which she left on Twitter: “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.”
However, some believe that the Oscars guidelines for movie submission should have been strictly followed by the Nollywood committee who made the submission in the first place.
This is Nigeria’s first ever submission and it’s disqualification leaves a bit of a bad impression.