Not a single movie from Africa was nominated for the 91st Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars.
The nominees for the 2019 Oscars were unveiled on Tuesday, with the very best of the world’s movies earning nominations.
The films “THE FAVOURITE” and “ROMA” led the nominations with 10 each, while “A STAR IS BORN” and “VICE” had eight nominations.
However, it was heartbreak for Africa, as no movie from the continent got nominated by the Academy.
This is despite the fact that nine movies from Africa countries were submitted to be considered for nomination.
They were submitted in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The 2019 Oscars will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2018, and will be televised live on ABC in more than 225 countries worldwide.
Nigerian actress Omotola Ekeinde expressed her disappointment with the fact that no African movie got a nomination.
In an Instagram post, she wrote: “The Nominations are Out! So glad Most of the Movies I nominated made it. Next, Voting to determine the Winners!… Wasn’t So Excited No African Movie made it! Someday soon we will Be doing this for Africans!”
The continent can, however, take solace in the fact that a black movie, Black Panther, had multiple nominations.
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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Eighty-seven films had originally been considered in the category.
Los Angeles-based Academy members from all branches screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 10.
The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.
Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting will view the shortlisted films. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.