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).
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?