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Genevieve confirms disqualification of “Lionheart” from Oscars Award

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A notable actress in the film industry, Genevieve Nnaji has confirmed the disqualification of her film “Lionheart” from the Oscars Academy Award in the race of the Best International Feature Film category. Genevieve confirmed the development in a series of tweets on her official Twitter page. “Lionheart” which was directed by actress turned director Genevieve Nnaji, was disqualified because it violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” According to her “Thank you so much. I am the director of Lionheart. 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 One Nigeria. “It’s no different to how French connects communities in former French colonies. We did not choose who colonized us. As ever, this film and many like it, is proudly Nigerian” she said. Lionheart is Nigeria’s first ever film submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria. However “Lionheart,” in which Nnaji also stars, is partially in the Igbo language of Nigeria but it is mostly in English The Academy announced the disqualification of “Lionheart” to voters in the category in an email on Monday.


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