Oscars: Austrian competition "Joy" disqualified from international game competition (exclusive)
Entries must include a "predominantly non-foreign language dialogue track" according to Academy rules, but the review found that two-thirds of Austrian writing is in English.
The hotly debated disqualification of the Lionheart - Nigeria's candidacy for the Best International Film Oscar - has been hotly debated because its dialogue is predominantly in English, Austrian entry Joy has been disqualified for the same reason, a Hollywood reporter has learned.
The Academy's rules state that "an international film is defined as a full-length film (defined as more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States, with a predominantly non-English dialogue track". The Academy's regular review process found that two-thirds of the Joy dialogue, authored and directed by Sudabeh Mortezai, was in English.
Joy, who focuses on Nigerian sex workers in Vienna, premiered on September 3, 2018 at the Venice Film Festival on the way to a theatrical release on January 18, 2019 in Austria and on the American debut on Netflix on May 24, 2019. It is now 91 percent Rotten Tomatoes.
Before the fun, Austria had submitted 42 films, which until April 2019 were known as the Best Foreign Language Film. Two, the 2007 Counterfeiters and the 2012 Amour, won further; two others, 1986 '38 - Vienna before the Fall and 2008 Revanche, were nominated; and one, the 2005 cache, was disqualified. The cache was considered ineligible not because it was found to be mainly English, but because it was predominantly in a language other than the official language of the applicant country, namely French. At the time, it was against the rules.
The Academy responded to The Hollywood Reporter's inquiry about Joy with the following statement: "As we do every year, the Academy is reviewing films submitted to the International Feature Film category to determine if they meet our eligibility rules. The Austrian film" Joy "has just been reviewed and is not eligible because only 33% of the dialogue is in English. "