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Earlier today, news made the rounds online that the highly rated “Anikulapo” movie, by ace producer, Kunle Afolayan, was rejected by the
Nigerian Oscars committee.
Despite the positive reviews Anikulapo has gotten in countries all over the world since its premiere, the Academy Awards do not think it merits being nominated.
The Oscars, also referred to as the Academy Awards, are prizes given for artistic and technical excellence in the domestic and worldwide cinema industries. Many people consider the awards to be the most prestigious and important ones in the global entertainment industry.
Expressing his disappointment on his Instagram page moments ago, Kunle Afolayan wrote “I am so pleased and delighted that the whole world has decided to tag ANIKULAPO film a masterpiece even though the Nigeria Oscar selection committee think its not worth submitting for the Oscars. Will keep doing my own thing”
It has been gathered that eight (8) members out of the 15 member committee of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee (NOSC) of the 2023 Oscar awards rejected all three movies sent in for consideration, including Anikulapo.
“Although the committee received three epic films following its call for submissions in August, it turned out that none of them will advance to the next stage owing to the voting patterns of members.”In a session that lasted two hours on September 3, 2023, the NOSC recorded a voting chart of ‘8:5:1:1’ from its 15 members- with ‘no film is eligible’ taking the lead.”
As a result of “No film is eligible” taking the lead, all the movies were turned down.
Members of the committee are; CHINEZE ANYAENE – ABONYI (Chair person), Ego Boyo, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, John Njamah, MAHMOOD ALI-BALOGUN, Stephanie Linus, Shaibu Husseini, BRUCE AYONOTE, Izu Ojukwu, ODUBAWO ADETOKUNBO, Moses Babatope, Yibo Koko, Meg Otanwa and Kenneth Gyang.