Nigeria’s screen goddess and #Nollywood / #Hollywood celebrity #Genevieve Nnaji have just announced that her move ‘The #Lionheart” has just been enlisted for an #Oscar awards come 2020
Genevieve who took to her Twitter handle to share the news, revealed that her movie has been selected by Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC). The movie is expected to be listed amongst the International Feature Film category for 2020 Oscar Awards.
“The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee has chosen @lionheartthemovie to represent Nigeria for the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Film!
“This is the first entry ever for Nigeria. It’s an honour to be a part of such a pivotal moment in the history of Nigerian cinema.
“A moment we know will be replicated as our stories continue to resonate with audiences around the world.
“On behalf of the entire LIONHEART team and TEN Productions, we are grateful for this recognition and proud to carry the torch. Thank you all for the love and support thus far.”
The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee has chosen #LionHeartthemovie to represent Nigeria for the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Film! We are grateful for this recognition and proud to carry the torch. Thank you all for the love and support thus far. ❤️?? pic.twitter.com/wNVArTxo1Z
— Genevieve Nnaji MFR (@GenevieveNnaji1) October 3, 2019
The movie ‘Lionheart is Produced by Chinny Onwugbenu, Chichi Nwoko, Genevieve Nnaji, and directed by Genevieve Nnaji. Lion Heart stars Genevieve Nnaji in the lead role as she performs alongside Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie and Onyeka Onwenu.
The film tells the story of Adaeze, a young woman who steps up to the challenge of running the family business with her uncle after her father experiences some health issues. Adaeze then tries to juggle both her family and thriving career amidst rampant sexism in the workplace and attempts to save the business from financial ruin.
Below is an excerpt from the Lion Heart movie as produced by Genevieve Nnaji
Last year, Lionheart’ premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and later acquired by Netflix in September of 2018, making the movie first locally produced movie in Nigeria to be featured on Netflix.
It is worth mentioning that since the inauguration of the Nigeria Oscar Selection Committee in 2014, this is the first movie ever to have been approved and enlisted for an Oscar Award by the committee. Previous entries received by the committee had never met basic criteria for an Oscar award. Every year, each country outside the United States is expected to submit one film as long as it’s not primarily in English