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Oscars disqualify Nigerian film ‘Lion Heart’ over English dialogues

Oscars disqualify Nigerian film ‘Lion Heart’ over English dialogues
Written by Maritime First

…As Timi Dakolo signs new deal with Virgin EMI***

The Oscars Award Academy has disqualified Nigeria’s ‘Lionheart’ from the Oscar race in the Best International Feature Film category.

The Academy dropped the Genevieve Nnaji directorial debut, for having too much English dialogue.

The Academy’s criteria for best international feature film category states that it awards film’s made outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue.

This drop by the Oscars has reduced the number of films competing for the award to 92 from what had been a record 93 entries.

The disqualification also drops the number of female directors in this year’s race to 28, which is still a category record.

NAN reports that it was the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Nigeria.
‘Lionheart’, in which Nnaji also stars, is partially in Igbo language. But it is mostly in English, which seemed to violate the category’s criterion.

Also read:  Oscars 2020: Nigeria competes with 92 countries with ‘Lionheart’

The film had not been vetted by the Academy’s International Feature Film Award Executive Committee in advance of the Oct. 7 announcement of qualifying films.

It was however, recently viewed and determined not to qualify in a category that until this year was known as Best Foreign Language Film.

One other film, Afghanistan’s ‘Hava, Maryam, Ayesha’, had been deemed ineligible before the list of qualifying films was announced.

It was denied a spot on the roster of contenders over questions about the legitimacy of the Afghan committee that submitted it.

The Academy announced the disqualification of ‘Lionheart’ to voters in the category in an email on Monday.

The film was scheduled to screen for Academy voters in the international category on Wednesday in a double bill with the Honduran entry, ‘Blood, Passion, and Coffee’.

‘Lionheart’, in which Nnaji plays a woman who tries to keep her father’s struggling company afloat in a male-dominated environment, is currently available on Netflix.

In the meantime,  Nigerian popular musician, Timi Dakolo has signed a deal with Virgin EMI label.

The singer made the announcement via his Instagram page, message reads;

“Hello Timi,My name is @ted_cockle and I am the Chairman of Virgin EMI Records @virginemi @universalmusicgroup . I just want to personally welcome you home.”

In a second post, he wrote that, “You can’t take God out of the Equation,GOD is the Equation.”

NAN reports that Virgin EMI is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group and it was founded in 2013, the company is a result of merging Mercury Records and Virgin Records.

Currently, the label operates two A&R and marketing streams in Virgin Records and EMI Records respectively.

At some point, EMI was the biggest record label in the world behind Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music. Virgin Records was founded by Richard Branson, Simon Draper, Nick Powell and Tom Newman.

NAN reports that the news came from Timi Dakolo and his family, after the storm caused by his wife’s rape accusation at Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.

 

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