Award & RecognitionFilm & TVNews2023 Oscars: C’ttee Maintains ‘No Film Eligible’ Verdict for Nollywood Entries

The Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) has maintained that no Nigerian film will compete in the International Feature Film (IFF) category at the 2023 Oscar awards.

The verdict was reached on Thursday, 20 October, a day before the  deadline given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for the committee to reconvene and reconsider its “no film eligible” decision.

According to TheCable Lifestyle, this was how the 15-member committee voted:

Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi – No Revote

Mahmood Ali-Balogun – Revote

Mildred Okwo – Revote

Ego Boyo – Revote

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde – No Revote

Stephanie Linus – No Revote

Shaibu Husseini – Revote

Bruce Ayonote – No Revote

Adetokunbo Odubawo – No Revote

Izu Ojukwu – No Revote

Moses Babatope – Revote

Yibo Koko – No Revote

Meg Otanwa – No Revote

Kenneth Gyang – Revote

John Njamah – No Revote

Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi, the chairperson of NOSC, had questioned the Academy’s interference in the decision of the committee to not submit a movie for the IFF awards.

She said NOSC finds it ‘strange’ that the Academy would request a reconvening of the committee to redefine its position after it (the Academy) had said that it doesn’t interfere in the outcome of voting processes at the country level.

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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