The Academy Disqualifies Lion Heart From Oscars
By Olamide Fadoju
Nigeria’s wait for an Oscar-winning movie will go on after The Academy disqualified her sole entry, Lion Heart, from the Best International Feature Film category.
The Academy announced the disqualification on Monday via an email to voters in the category.
“Lionheart”, the first film ever submitted for the Oscars by Nigeria was dropped because it violated the Academy’s rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”
The film had not been vetted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee but was recently viewed and adjudged to fall short of its standard.
Lionheart is produced by Genevieve Nnaji and it tells a story of a woman who tries to keep her father’s struggling company afloat in a male-dominated environment.
Its disqualification leaves 92 films contesting for the Best International Feature Film category.
The Academy Awards popularly known as the Oscars is arguably the biggest awards in the film industry worldwide. The 92nd edition of the award will hold on February 9, 2020.