Genevieve Nnaji in ‘Lionheart’ (2018). The movie shows the Nigerian star actress taking full creative control of the kind of empowering story that endeared her to Nollywood audiences all over the world / Photo: TIFF

Genevieve Nnaji reacts to her film’s nomination for Oscars

Nigerian veteran Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, is excited as her movie LionHeart has been nominated for the 2020 Oscars in the category of Best International Film.

The actress, who could not hide her joy, took to her instragram page on Friday to react to the nomination and also appreciate her fans for their wonderful support.

“The Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee has chosen @lionheartthemovie to represent Nigeria for the 2020 Academy Award for Best International Film!” she wrote.

“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.


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“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,” she added.

Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) had on Wednesday picked Genevieve’s LionHeart as the country’s submission to the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars.

The group announced the selection following a statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and in the diaspora.

The movie LionHeart, which happens to be the first ever entry for Nigeria, was produced by Chinny Onwugbenu and directed by Nnaji.

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The movie was premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and was acquired on 7 September 2018 as the first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.

It was reported  that since the inauguration of the NOSC in 2014, this is the first time Nigeria is submitting a film to the Oscar, adding that previous entries did not meet basic criteria.

LionHeart is a 2018 Nigerian drama film that featured some Nigerian acting icons like Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, and music impresario Onyeka  Onwenu, etc.

The movie was Nnaji’s directorial debut as well as Peter Okoye’s acting debut and was released worldwide in January on Netflix.

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