Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart film has officially been dropped from contending in the Best International Feature Film category in the Oscars. This is because the film’s dialogue was predominantly English and this goes against the rules for that category.
This news however has left the film world polarized as many people felt it was an unfair decision given the “unique” nature of the Nigerian language spectrum.
Nigeria is a multicultural country with over 300 languages. English on the other hand is the official language in Nigeria. Many argue Lionheart should have been considered based on that technicality. The Oscar people think differently, though. They decided to stick to their rule book.
Many people are calling for a review in the rules or a new category be created to accommodate countries with Nigeria’s unique situation. it would be interesting to see how the Academy reacts to this.
The announcement of the disqualification was made on Monday by the Academy to voters via email. “Lionheart” was scheduled to screen for Academy voters in the International category on Wednesday with the Honduran film “Blood, Passion, and Coffe”. It will however screen alone at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.