‘Lionheart’: Nigerian Film Disqualified from Oscars

The Twitterverse is in an uproar over the disqualification of Nigerian film ‘Lionheart’ from Oscar consideration because it is in English, which is the official language of Nigeria. Nigeria submitted its first-ever Oscar entry, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the film does not qualify for the international category because the film is in English.

NPR reports:


Filmmakers like Ava DuVernay weighed in on social media.

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Observations were made regarding the irony of a film being punished by the United States for using the English language, which is the result of colonization.

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Read more about the controversy at Indiewire.

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