REPORT: Academy disqualifies film over use of English

NOVEMBER 6, 2019

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has disqualified Nigeria’s first submission for the Best International Feature Film because the film, “Lionheart,” is predominantly in English, the country’s official language, according to the New York Times.

While the Academy changed the name of the category from Foreign Language Film to International Feature Film this year, it retained rules requiring a submission to have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.”

The article goes on to state the following:

The disqualification was met with some criticism, including from star and director Genevieve Nnaji, who noted the country’s use of English is largely the result of British colonialism.

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