On the heels of the ‘Lionheart’s Oscars 2020 disqualification, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Austria’s entry, ‘Joy’ has become the latest to witness the same fate.
The disqualification of ‘Joy’ is still based on the best international feature category, which states that its dialogue must not be predominantly in English, which both films fall short of.
The Academy’s customary review process found that two-thirds of the dialogue in Joy, which was written and directed by Sudabeh Mortezai, is in English.
Austrian selection committee was notified of the Academy’s verdict Monday morning.
‘Joy’, which centres on Nigerian sex workers in Vienna, premiered September 3, 2018 at the Venice Film Festival en route to a January 18, 2019 theatrical release in Austria and a May 24, 2019 American debut on Netflix (which is also the distributor of Lionheart).
It currently stands at 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Prior to ‘Joy’, Austria had submitted 42 films for consideration for the award that, until April 2019 was known as best foreign language film.
“As we do every year, the Academy is in the process of reviewing the films submitted for the International Feature Film category to determine whether they meet our eligibility rules.
The film Joy, submitted by Austria, was just reviewed and is ineligible because only 33% of the dialogue is non-English.”, The Academy stated, according to The Hollywood Reporter.