Oscar heartbreak as Nigeria’s Lionheart disqualified

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Nigerian film director and actor Genevieve Nnaji has protested against the disqualification of her film, Lionheart, from Oscar’s Best International Feature Film category.

The Oscars Academy dropped the Nigerian comedy “for having too much dialogue in English”, which violates its rule that requires entries in the international category to have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track”.

Lionheart, which is Nigeria’s first submission to the Oscars, is largely in English, with an 11-minute section in the Igbo language.

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