Lionheart Oscars Disqualification: What you need to know

Here is what you be to know about The Academy’s disqualification of “LionHeart” entry for Best International Feature Film category

  1. The Announcement of the entry was made on October 3, 2019
  2. The selection was made by a 12-man Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee.
  3. It was the film film ever to be submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.
  4. The category in which Lionheart was competing in was recently changed from “foreign language film” to international feature film”
  5. 93 films from all over the world were competing for that award category and now they are 92.
  6. The disqualification is as a result of the fact that “LionHeart” entry violates an Academy rule that entries in the category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” so LionHeart basically has too much English in its dialogue.
  7. The disqualification was announced by the Academy to its voters via email on Monday Nov 4, 2019.
  8. The news was meet with displeasure by the public as they took to social media to express their thoughts.

Award winning Hollywood director Ava Duvernay had this to say to the academy

To which Genevieve Nnaji, the director of Lionheart acknowledged

The Academy, in this case, is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a professional honorary society formed in 1927. It’s an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in a particular field in this case film-making.