GENEVIEVE VS OSCAR

Genevieve’s LionHeart Movie: Is The Oscars “Racist”?

Soooo, it’s obviously no news to most of us that the LIONHEART movie, which was directed by the super creative and talented Genevieve Nnaji, was disqualified from The Oscar Awards Academy on the “Best International Feature Film” category. (You’re welcome – for those of you that do not know of this information, lol).

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As this doesn’t quite come as a shock to us, there is no doubt that LionHeart is one of the best Nigerian movies that has been displayed on our screen for years. Come on! It’s even being aired on NETFLIX and it certainly deserves international awards and recognition but an OSCAR? Well, it is known for a fact that there’s a rule behind the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category, formerly known as the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’, which states: An international film is defined as a feature length motion picture (defined as over 40 minutes) produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. The LionHeart movie has around 12 minutes of dialogue that’s in the Igbo Language, while the rest of the 94 minute film is in English! This clearly gives us enough reason as to why the movie was disqualified. Basically, IT’S A RULE and there were certainly no malicious intents towards the disqualification.

We at Nerveflo believe that instead of attacking the policy or structure behind The Awards Academy, we should use this as a fuel to build our own table where international personalities or public figures would want to be on. We certainly need to stop fighting for a seat on ‘their’ table. In addition, we need to encourage ourselves to do way better in the art industry, especially when it relates with using our native dialect predominantly. Come to think of it, you don’t see the likes of Burna Boy and Davido, who have gained international recognition, limit the use of Yoruba language or pidgin language in their lyrical content. We, as a country place so much value on international awards and validation but truth be told, LionHeart doesn’t have to win an Oscar to be valid. To most of us, LionHeart would be one of the greatest movies ever displayed or shown in the country.

Comically speaking, let’s also look at the bright side. A lot of Americans/ Westerners had not heard of the movie ‘LionHeart’ until the academy disqualified it. Now millions are searching for it on netflix! So, it’s safe to say this disappointment turned to a blessing (lol).

 

Anyway, these are our thoughts, what’s yours?

61 comments

  1. Thanks so much for your view. If the movie was 60% Igbo, people like us wouldn’t have been interested. The category placed by OSCAR is not our business. We have achieved our purpose already; Global recognition and more views on Netflix. This is the time for the Lioness (vivibaby) to display her Lion Heart

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  2. I think that the movie doesn’t have to win an Oscar to gain recognition. The movie is a wonderful movie so who cares if it wins an Oscar or not. An Oscar award is good but let’s not forget that fact that the movie portrayed our indigenous language and has been recognized by all Nigerians. Now the movie got disqualified, those that didn’t know the movie have taken interest in the movie and it’s having a worldwide recognition. Oscar or not, the movie is award winning.

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  3. Yep, you’ve said it all, the movie doesn’t have to win an Oscar to be valid !!

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  4. Yop, We need to go back to the drawing table and make more indigenous movies …..in no time we’d be right up there

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  5. I won’t say the movie doesnt deserve Oscar but I would say that if you go through the guidelines and rules governing a particular category you will find out the reason it was disqualified. But notwithstanding Genevieve did a good and it is still one of my best Nigeria movie.

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    1. Yes, she definitely did. No doubt about that. Thanks a lot for your comment.

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  6. Lion Heart is a great movie and I believe it would have won the Oscar ward if it meet the prerequisite. Moreover I see the whole saga as a publicity for the movie.

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  7. Nice write up dear… Even though I haven’t watched the movie… I believe the story will be great and doesn’t need an award to pass it’s message across…

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      1. The withdrawal doesn’t take away from the overall quality of the film. It’s also earned some more publicity. So good one for Gennie and the team.

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  8. Lion Heart may not have qualified but at least people want to know more about the movie now and that’s good publicity. We keep pulling good movies like this as well as following the govern rules and regulation then most definitely we will get to sit at that table.

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  9. Before I read this I never knew a film like this exist, thanks for the information Joan but in my best opinion I think seeking a place on the foreign table isn’t a bad idea, it’ll only go wrong if it becomes our only aim, Africa has been slept on for too long but this era is turning tables around, this is all cool 😎 because we won’t be having this gist some five years ago

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  10. My thoughts exactly when I came across the news…it still doesn’t change the fact that it is a great movie…🤗

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  11. The movie has already gained it’s recognition ….being nominated or winning the Oscar is just another decoration. I lived the movie when I watched it.

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  12. Disappointment is truly a blessing
    A blessing in disguise

    Good work
    I really loved reading this
    Can’t wait to read more
    I’m impressed 😍❤️❤️

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  13. First of all…
    I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re very impressed with the way the Nollywood industry has stepped up their game over the years from watching regular home videos to gaining international recognition.
    Lion heart is a very impressive movie and I think the use of igbo language wasn’t a bad idea, I hope the disqualification doesn’t discourage the industry from using our native languages in movies to come.
    After all it is on Netflix, yes the disqualification has also added to it’s international recognition. So yeah every disappointment is a blessing and I know we’re going places.

    Lastly the write up is fire!!!!!!!!
    Good job Joan
    Can’t wait to read more of your blogs

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment and I also can’t wait to put up more posts 🙂

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  14. Rules are meant to be kept and were not meant for an individual but for everyone. The rules in Oscar’s are very simple. It reads that only a language should be used in any given movie. N my Sister added Engligbo in our movie. N that was just that. Better luck next time dear JENNY VY…… Nice one my Joan.

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