Ghana will not be represented at the 2018 Oscars, because the Ghana Foreign Language Committee could not nominate any of the films submitted to the Committee because they could not meet the nomination standards.
Nigeria’s movies industry, Nollywood, though very popular, rich, and large, has been suffering similar fate for years now.
Shaibu Husseini, a member of the Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee, in a report last year, has attributed the failure of Nigerian movies to win international awards to poor quality of production and bad subtitles.
Mr. Husseini told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Oscar award was meant for films produced in foreign language. He said Nigerian films produced in English and in local languages never meet the standard for nomination since the introduction of the foreign language category of Oscar award.
“Nigeria has not been lucky to have entries there because we don’t produce targeting those kinds of awards. We just produce to send DVD into the market; there is no conscious effort to produce for Oscars.”
He continued: “All these films that you see getting into Oscar, whether in the main category, even the language categories, once they start producing it, they are targeting those Oscar awards. They are targeting Globe (awards), they are targeting big awards because whether we like it or not, those awards have a way of helping publicity for the film, they have a way of helping marketing for the film.”
He touched on the criterion for qualification, stating, “And what does the Oscar Foreign Language Category entail? It entails that you must do a film in your local language, in a language that is local to you and in a language that is considered a foreign language. And it must be like 70% of your local language and if you must use English at all, it must be like 30%.
“Apart from that, it must be well subtitled and it must be of quality. The committee now is like four years old but we have not been able to have entries that will qualify.’’