Nigeria’s Oscar selection committee declines Aníkúlápó nomination — Kunle Afolayan

Nigerian movie director and actor, Kunle Afolayan, has claimed the Nigeria’s Oscar selection committee has denied his recent Netflix movie, Aníkúlápó, a chance of nomination for a possible award.

The Nigeria’s Oscar selection committee are in charge of recommending movies from the country for consideration of the best international feature film.

NewsWireNGR recalls the committee had in 2019 nominated, for the first time, Lionheart, a movie directed by Genevieve Nnaji for possible consideration of the award.

Lionheart was disqualified by the Award organisers over English dialogue. Films in this category, formerly best foreign language film, must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track”.

Meanwhile, to some Nigerians, Anikulapo ticked the box. Complaining about the committee’s decision, Afolayan said “will keep making, doing my own thing”.

He however boasted of the feat the movie has achieved as it features in Netflix top 10 in eight countries.

“I am so pleased and delighted that the whole world have decided to tagged ANIKULAPO film “a masterpiece “ even though the Nigeria Oscar selection committee think it’s not worth submitting for the Oscars.”

See reactions:

@Oginni_Olu: “What!!!!! So what movie do they consider of being Oscar worthy?

@claryzbell1: “Abeg help us drop their handle make we ask them ourselves.”

@Theresthat_: “This is huge! You don’t need any committee’s validation or recognition. You did great work and viewers around the world love it thoroughly. That’s the real recognition. That’s all that matters! It’s my film of the year and I don’t even understand Yoruba”.

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