Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji is about to achieve a great feat as her film ‘Lionheart’ has been selected by the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) for the International Feature Film category of the 2020 Oscars.
The Nollywood star had her film picked through a statutory vetting and subsequent voting of entries received from Nigerian filmmakers at home and in the Diaspora.
Since the inauguration of the NOSC in 2014 ‘Lionheart’ marks the first time Nigeria will be submitting a film to the Oscars.
According to Chairman of the newly installed 12-man committee, Chineze Anyaene, entries received this year show significant improvement from previous years; as the Previous entries received by the committee has failed to meet the basic criteria.
Anyaene speaking further said, “While we cannot say that what we have are the best that Nigeria is capable of producing, it is heart-lifting to know that, from the strength of the entries received this year, we are truly ready for the Oscars. Filmmakers are gradually taking the Oscar rules into consideration, and I have no doubt that it is going to be more competitive, going forward,”
‘Lionheart’ which was premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), was produced by Chinny Onwugbenu, Chichi Nwoko, Genevieve Nnaji, and directed by Genevieve Nnaji.
The film which was acquired on September 7, 2018, has also been accepted as the first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.
‘Lionheart’ cannot be complete without quality actors and actresses that made up the cast as it has attracted Nollywood’s best such as:
Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo .O. Kanayo, Chika Okpala, Kalu Ikeagwu, Sanni Mu’azu, Yakubu Mohammed, Ngozi Ezeonu, Peter Okoye (P-Square) and Chibuzor Azubuike (Phyno).