'Joy': The Academy Just Disqualified Another International Oscar Entry For Its English Dialogue

November 11 2019

On the heels of Nigeria's first-ever Oscar entry, Lionheart, being disqualified, The Academy has just disqualified another country's entry.

The Austrian film, Joy, written and directed by Sudabeh Mortezai, will not compete due to Academy rules. The film chronicles Nigerian sex workers in Vienna, Austria.

According to The Hollywood Reporterthe Academy found that two-thirds of the dialogue in Joy is in English. Austria's selection committee found out about the news on Monday. The country's official language is German.

As was the case with Lionheart, the Academy says that Joy violated an Academy rule that mandates entries in the Best International Film Category must have “a predominantly non-English dialogue track.” The Oscars recently changed the category name from Best Foreign Language Film to Best International Film.

On Joy's disqualification, the Academy told The Hollywood Reporter, "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."

Joy, like Lionheart, bowed on Netflix to U.S. audiences after it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2018.

 

READ MORE:

Netflix's 'Lionheart' From Genevieve Nnaji Has Been Disqualified As Nigeria's Oscar Entry

 

Photo: Venice Film Festival

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by Shadow and Act on November 11 2019

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