Nigeria is competing with 92 other countries for the 2020 Oscars
Academy Awards’ Best International Feature Film.
Screen diva Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut, ‘Lion Heart’, is the
Nigerian selection for the 2020 Oscars in that category.
The Oscars Academy announced the full list of eligible films and
countries on Monday, with Ghana, Nigeria and Uzbekistan competing for
the first time in the category which was previously known as the best
foreign language film category.
High-profile entries include South Korea’s ‘Parasite,’ Bong Joon Ho’s
black comedy which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival;
Spain’s ‘Pain and Glory’ from Pedro Almodovar; Japan’s ‘Weathering
With You,’ the country’s first animated entry since ‘Princess
Mononoke’, and Senegal’s ‘Atlantics’ from director Mati Diop, winner
of the Grand Prix at Cannes made the list.
Also, France’s ‘Les Miserables’; the UK’s ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the
Wind,’ from Chiwetel Ejiofor; and Norway’s ‘Out Stealing Horses,’
starring Stellan Skarsgard are in the category.
The previous high for submissions was 92 in 2017 and a total of 87
films were submitted in 2018.
The shortlist of 10 films will be announced on December 16, while the
nominations for the 92nd Oscars will be announced on January 13, 2020.