Who owns English? Not Hollywood

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - you know, the guys who hand out the Oscars - has decided to disqualify Nigeria's first-ever official entry for the international feature film category. Lionheart, from Nigerian actress-director Genevieve Nnaji, was rejected because, according to the academy, the film "includes only 11 minutes of non-English dialogue".

The decision is in accordance with the rules, which require that foreign films be predominantly in languages other than English.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2019, with the headline 'Who owns English? Not Hollywood'. Print Edition | Subscribe