English is The Official Languages of a Number of African Countries!!! Twitter Explodes as Oscar Disqualifies Genevieve’s Lionheart
When the critically acclaimed movie ‘Lionheart’ was selected for nomination by the Oscar, the jubilation around the country was massive but a few hours ago, the news that movie was disqualified broke the internet.
The panel said the movie had “too much English dialogue”.
Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ was released in 2018 and Nigerians welcomed it with opened arms. The reception the movie got showed that the actress turned movie director did something right.
“Lionheart” is among the 10 African films that were submitted for Oscar consideration this year.
“This isn’t the first time the academy has disqualified a foreign film from consideration for having too much English dialogue; in recent years, the 2015 Afghan film, Utopia, and the 2007 Israeli movie, The Band’s Visit, were disqualified for the same reason,” Los Angeles Times reports.
However, Nigerians has taken to Twitter to vents their frustration against the decision by Oscar.
Below are some of the reactions gathered.
English is the official language of a number of African countries, including Botswana, Ghana, Namibia and Zimbabwe https://t.co/7MJ7ZhZeVG
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 5, 2019
Something about this doesn’t seem fair. The film was disqualified because it’s mostly in English. Meanwhile, the official language of Nigeria is….English. https://t.co/oKOIQpBRRV
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) November 4, 2019
The fact that “Lionheart” is even a conversation, on that level. Mehn, I am proud of @GenevieveNnaji1
This is the beginning of something big. Now, they will pay more attention to us here
Nigerian creatives matter on all levels
— Do2dtun Energy gAD (@iamDo2dtun) November 5, 2019
“Lionheart” has been disqualified from the Oscars because it’s mostly in English which violates their Best International Feature Film rule. Fine, we move but if you come and say the movie is wack & doesn’t stand a chance at the Oscars, make I clear you now, your brain don pafuka.
— Incomplete Astronaut Ⓜ 👨🏽🚀 ✈ 🛩️ (@AimThaMachine_) November 5, 2019
So Oscar disqualified Genevieve’s LionHeart because it was filmed in English Language ?
Oya now let us submit ‘Alani Pamolekun’ that one has too much Yoruba language spoken in it.
— Biyi The Plug 🔌 (@BiyiThePlug) November 5, 2019
Lionheart has been disqualified from the Oscar.
Reason: A Nigerian movie should not have so much English.
Mind you, we were colonized by this same English people, English is our official language.
This right here is BS! And it’s discriminatory.
— Mazi Efam™ #SantaInIbadan (@iefamharris) November 5, 2019
To @TheAcademy, You disqualified Nigeria’s first-ever submission for Best International Feature because its in English. But English is the official language of Nigeria. Are you barring this country from ever competing for an Oscar in its official language? https://t.co/X3EGb01tPF
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 4, 2019