Genevieve Nnaji’s LIONHEART movie disqualified from Oscar consideration after it did not meet the Academy’s rules for international feature film submissions. Genevieve, Ava DuVernay, others react.
Genevieve’s entry for the international feature film Oscar category, the 2018 Lionheart, was disqualified on Monday because it contained too much English dialogue, leading to backlash on social media.
Lionheart is Nigeria’s first-ever submission to the Academy Awards, but according to the Academy’s rules for the international feature film category, “an international film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (defined as over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” Lionheart has just under 12 minutes of dialogue that is in the Igbo language native to Southeastern Nigeria, while the rest of the 94-minute pic is in English. The film is however not excluded from entering other Oscar categories, including consideration for best picture.