Nigeria would be competing with 92 other countries for the 2020 Oscar Academy Awards’ ‘Best International Feature Film’ category, organisers of the award have revealed.


‘Lionheart’, Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut movie, was recently nominated by the Nigerian Oscars Selection Commitee (NOSC) to represent the country at the award event to be held on February 9, 2020, in Los Angeles, United States.

On Monday, the Academy announced the full list of eligible films and countries that have been nominated for consideration in the category previously known as the best foreign-language film category.

Among some high profile films with which Nigeria’s ‘Lionheart’ would be slugging it out at the 2020 Oscars are South Korea’s ‘Parasite’, Spain’s ‘Pain and Glory’, Japan’s ‘Weathering With You’, Senegal’s ‘Atlantics’, UK’s ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’, and Norway’s ‘Out Stealing Horses’.


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.

‘Lionheart’, produced by Chinny Onwugbenu and directed by Nnaji, was released worldwide on January 4, 2019, and acquired on September 7, 2018, as the first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.

Aside from Nnaji, those who participated in the film are Pete Edochie, 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).


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