#Lionheart: Nigeria Oscar Committee Responds to Disqualification

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The Nigeria Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC) has responded to the disqualification of the country’s submission to the 92nd Academy Awards, Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’.

Nigeria’s Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC) in it’s reaction to the recent disqualification of Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart‘ submission to the 92nd Academy Awards reveals that nominees in the Best International Feature Film Category must have a predominantly non-English dialogue track, and ‘Lionheart,’ despite being an unmistakably Nigerian film, fails to qualify.

The NOSC Chairperson, Chineze Anyaene, said Nigeria’s budding film industry is often faced with producing films with a wide reach.

She stated that the reason stated above often makes the recording dialogue predominantly English with non-English infusions in some cases.

“Going forward, the committee intends to submit films which are predominantly foreign language – non-English recording dialogue. We are therefore urging filmmakers to shoot with the intention of non-English recording dialogue as a key qualifying parameter to represent the country in the most prestigious award.

“The committee is working tirelessly in organising workshops, seminars and using other available media to create robust awareness on the guidelines and requirements for an International Feature Film Entry. This is an eye-opener and a step forward into growing a better industry,” she noted.

The NOSC chairperson also added that Lionheart passed other technical requirements from the story, to sound and picture except for language as adjudged by the Academy screening matrix, which was a challenge for the committee at a time.

The Best International Feature Film category has certain requirements that must be fulfilled before a film can be submitted.

Some of them include:

1. The film must have been first released in the country submitting it, after which it must have been exhibited for a minimum of 7 consecutive days in a movie theatre.

2. The movie must be predominantly non-English which means that movies with predominant English dialogue will not qualify for the award.

3. The film must not be transmitted electronically or otherwise, before its official release in the theatre.

One is left to wonder why the predominantly non-English dialogue track requirement wasn’t considered by NOSC when Lionheart was submitted for the awards.

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