The race for nominations for Best International Feature Film Category is getting interesting and frustrating for countries that have made submissions, Austria’s Joy has been disqualified.
Sudabeh Mortezai’s well-accepted film – Joy has become the latest feature film to be jettisoned by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences based on language. The film tells the story of a Nigerian woman called Joy, who opted to work as a prostitute in order to survive in Vienna, Austria. The film was disqualified and is no longer eligible for nomination for the upcoming awards just like Lionheart.
The Academy explained in a statement on Monday, the reason for the disqualification:
“As we do every year, the Academy is in the process of reviewing the films submitted for the International Feature Film category to determine whether they meet our eligibility rules. The film Joy, submitted by Austria, was just reviewed and is ineligible because only 33% of the dialogue is non-English.”
This is the second film to be disqualified from the ninety-three submitted from different countries vying for the nomination in the category, are we likely to see more drops in the coming weeks prior to the announcement of nominations?
Hollywood filmmaker Ava Duvernay registered her displeasure over the decision once again on social media.
Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart suffered the same disqualification within the week, the movie would have been Nigeria’s first-ever nomination at The Oscar, the decision sparked a lot of debate around the change of the name of the category from “Best Foreign-Language Film” to “Best International Feature Film.” However, Larry Karaszewski, a committee member at The Academy, revealed that the rules haven’t.
Joy is streaming on Netflix in the United States, the movie won the Best Film award last year.
Watch the trailer for Joy below.
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