Oscars 2020: Another Nigerian Story Dropped
By Dipo Omoware
Just after disqualifying Nigeria’s entry for the ‘Best International Film’ category at its prestigious awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has disqualified another Nigerian story, ‘Joy’.
According to a report by Hollywood Reporter, the Academy disqualified the Austrian entry for having a predominantly English dialogue.
"As we do every year, the Academy is in the process of reviewing the films submitted for the International Feature Film category to determine whether they meet our eligibility rules. The film Joy, submitted by Austria, was just reviewed and is ineligible because only 33% of the dialogue is non-English," the Academy reportedly said
‘Joy’ was up for the same category and was disqualified on similar grounds as Lionheart,
The movie tells the story of Nigerian sex workers in Vienna, Austria and has a 90% Nigerian cast has been described by some critics as a very Nigerian story that was brilliantly told by Austrian filmmaker, Sudabeh Mortezai.
‘Joy’ premiered at the 75th Venice Film Festival in 2018 after which it was acquired by Netflix.