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Oscars 2020: Movie on Nigerian sex workers, becomes second movie to be disqualified

Oscars 2020: Movie on Nigerian sex workers, becomes second movie to be disqualified

Doris Ukaonu

For the same reason, Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lion Heart’ was disqualified from the 2020 Oscars nomination, the Academy of Motion Pictures has also barred the Austrian movie, ‘Joy’, whose storyline focuses on Nigerian sex workers residing in Vienna.

The movie which was written and directed by Sudabeh Mortezai was disqualified from the category of Best International Feature Film for also having too much of English dialogue in it.

‘Joy’ marks the second entry rejected by the Academy. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Academy delisted the movie after it found two-thirds of its dialogue in English.

Despite its blend of Pidgin, English and German languages throughout its 101-minute runtime, the Academy said that the movie only levelled up to 33% of its requirement.

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“As we do every year, the Academy is in the process of reviewing the films submitted for the International Feature Film category to determine whether they meet our eligibility rules. The film Joy, submitted by Austria, was just reviewed and is ineligible because only 33% of the dialogue is non-English,” a statement from the Academy says.

 

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