The Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC)has responded to the disqualification of the movie ‘Lionheart from the Oscars.
The committee said it made a mistake in submitting the movie for Oscar consideration.
In a statement released by the committee’s chairman, Chineze Anyaene Tuesday, it said:
“The budding Nigerian film industry is often faced with producing films with wide reach which often makes the recording dialogue predominantly English with non-English infusions in some cases.
“Going forward, the committee intends to submit films that are predominantly foreign language — non-English recording dialogue.
“The committee is working tirelessly in organizing workshops, seminars and using other available media to create robust awareness on the guidelines and requirements for an International Feature Film Entry. Lionheart passed on other technical requirements from story, to sound and picture except for language as adjudged by the Academy screening matrix, which was a challenge for the committee at a time. This is an eye-opener and a step forward into growing a better industry,” the statement read.
The NOSC chairman, Mr Anyaene urged filmmakers to shoot with the intention of non-English recording dialogue as a key qualifying parameter to represent the country in the most prestigious award.