There have been a lot of outrages on Twitter over the disqualification of Genevieve Nnaji‘s movie ‘Lion heart’ from International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars.
The movie is Nigeria’s first-ever submission to the Academy Awards, but was disqualified as it violates a rule, according to the academy.
Every year, each country outside the United States is expected to submit one film as long as it’s not primarily in English.
But the movie has just under 12 minutes of dialogue that is in the Igbo language native to Southeastern Nigeria, while the rest of the 94-minute pic is in English.
Since the academy in a mail on Monday, said ‘Lion Heart’ was disqualified from Oscars, it has generated outrages on the micro-blogging platform as many defended the move, while some criticised it on the claims that English is Nigeria’s official language.
Below are some reactions gathered
Only an ignorant will rants over Lionheart disqualification, the rules for selecting movies are firm and clear, I see no reason why some people are furious for being disqualified.
You can't expect them to modify the ethics of Oscar awards because of Lionheart's movie.
— Resplendent (@yung_stunning) November 5, 2019
Lionheart was a master piece from @GenevieveNnaji1
However, the disqualification is a message to Africans, some of us wants more English than the whites, yet Lionheart was disqualified from the Oscars for being so English.
We should cherish our originality too.
— Chek bULLus (@viabULLi) November 5, 2019
When you watch "The Boy who Harnessed the Wind" and compare with "Lionheart" in terms of meeting the criteria for the nomination, you'll know how much "Lionheart" failed to meet the criteria.
— Chuks_ (@Chuksism) November 5, 2019
The disqualification of Lionheart is so shitty , its only whites that can colonized you and blame you for being colonized…IYKYK
— ⊙KÈLVIÑ™ (@OKELVINly) November 5, 2019
So they disqualified Lionheart because they spoke English in it… If I hear any nonsense person correct one stupid English on here again….
— ADERINPOSONU of Canada 🇨🇦🏃 🇳🇬 (@Hephta) November 5, 2019
Are we suppose to be producing movies and series only in our local languages now because we want our movies to be nominated for oscars when English language is our official language.#Lionheart pic.twitter.com/lFkMTn0TJq
— OMO IYA NIYI ✈✈✈ (@Neyomidas) November 5, 2019
'Make we self reason am' the category #Lionheart was nominated for doesn't fit in.
Perhaps, they shouldn't have accepted the nomination in the first place.
Meanwhile, Next year we would submit 'Sunday Dagboru Reloaded or Oyenusi Return' shey Oscar ni awon yawere ni
— ᴏᴍᴏᴋᴇʜɪɴᴅᴇ (@omokehinde___) November 5, 2019
Oscars disqualify ‘Lion Heart’ over English dialogue https://t.co/wrz9CK6Ith via @NewMovieBusiness
— Nwachukwu Nelly Nnamdi (@nwachukwu_nelly) November 5, 2019