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OSCAR: ACADEMY DISQUALIFIES NIGERIA’S FIRST EVER ENTRY, “LIONHEART”

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Nigeria’s first-ever entry in the Best International Feature Film category of Oscar, “Lionheart” has been disqualified for not meeting the requirement.

Starred and directed by Genevieve Nnaji, Lionheart was filmed partially in Igbo and predominantly in English language which violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

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This is coming as a result of an advanced announcement in of the movie in the category on October 7, before being properly vetted by the academy.

One other film, Afghanistan’s “Hava, Maryam, Ayesha,” had been deemed ineligible before the list of qualifying films was announced. It was denied a spot on the roster of contenders over questions about the legitimacy of the Afghan committee that submitted it.

The Academy announced the disqualification of “Lionheart” to voters in the category in an email on Monday. The film was scheduled to screen for Academy voters in the international category on Wednesday in a double bill with the Honduran entry, “Blood, Passion, and Coffee.” That film will now screen by itself at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

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