The Academy disqualifies the entry to the Nigerian Oscar for excessive dialogues in English

Nigeria's presentation to the best international Oscar category, ' Lion heart ', has been disqualified by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its excessive dialogues in English. According to reports, the film, directed by and with Genevieve Nnaji, does not comply with the Academy rule that a presentation for the international feature film category must have a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

The film is about a woman who tries to keep her family's transport business afloat after her father suffers a heart attack.

It has a little less than 12 minutes of dialogue in the Igbo language, while the rest of the 95 minute function is in English.

The Academy transmitted its decision to the Oscar voters through an email.

' Lion heart ' was one of 10 African films officially submitted for Oscar consideration this year, a record for the continent.

With the disqualification, the number of films in dispute for the prize has dropped from 93 to 92.

On Twitter, filmmaker Ava DuVernay He criticized the Academy for its decision, saying that English is the official language of Nigeria.

For @TheAcademy, he disqualified Nigeria's first presentation for the Best International Film because it is in English. But English is the official language of Nigeria. Are you prohibiting this country from competing for an Oscar in its official language? said the director.


In sharing DuVernay's post, Nnaji thanked the filmmaker for his support.

This movie represents the way we speak as Nigerians. This includes English, which acts as a bridge between the more than 500 languages ​​spoken in our country, which makes us #OneNigeria.

It is no different than how French connects communities in the former French colonies. We do not choose who colonized us. As always, this film and many similar ones, is proudly Nigerian. @TheAcademy, wrote Nnaji.