Lion Heart: Movie Academy Under Fire after ‘Disqualifying Nigeria’s First Oscar entry’

According to the website, the film was dropped because it’s mostly in English, which doesn’t mean the Academy’s requirements for the Best International Feature Film category.

The rules for this category specify: “The recording of the original dialogue track as well as the completed picture must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate, legible English-language subtitles are required.”

Ellen DeGeneres Begs Kevin Hart to Host the 2019 Oscars

The daytime talk show host played peacemaker between the comedian and The Academy Friday, giving Hart a full hour to promote his new movie, The Upside, and defend his decision to step down from hosting the 2019 Oscars. Speaking without interruption for nearly six minutes, Hart told her it was "unreal" to be invited to host the award show live on ABC Feb. 24.