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Lion Heart, Genevieve Nnaji’s film, will represent Nigeria at the Oscars

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Lion Heart, Genevieve Nnaji’s film, will represent Nigeria at the Oscars

Wednesday, the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) has picked Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ as the country’s submission to the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars.

The NOSC said they arrived at the decision after a statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and in the Diaspora. Among the films received this year, the NOSC said it picked ‘Lionheart’ for its considerable shots at the rules.

The NOSC is chaired by Chineze Anyaene, Producer and Director and Mahmood Ali-Balogun, foremost filmmaker as Vice Chairman.

“While we cannot say that what we have are the best that Nigeria is capable of producing, it is heart-lifting to know that, from the strength of the entries received this year, we are truly ready for the Oscars. Filmmakers are gradually taking the Oscar rules into consideration, and I have no doubt that it is going to be more competitive, going forward,” she said.

The Oscars and foreign countries : the “International Feature Film category” , formerly called ‘Best Foreign Language Film’

Every year, each country outside the United States is expected to submit one film as long as it’s not primarily in English.

A premiere for Nigeria

With The Lion Heart at the Oscars, this is the first time Nigeria is advancing a film to the Oscar, as previous entries received by the committee did not meet basic criteria. ©Dzaleu.com

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