BAFTA Takes Singer's Name Off 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Nom

Joann Johnston
February 11, 2019

Singer denies the allegations, calling them a "homophobic smear".

Bohemian Rhapsody received a total of seven BAFTA film nominations, all of which remain in place. While not getting into specifics, BAFTA stressed that it considers Singer's alleged behavior "completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values".

Anna Smith, chair of the London film critics circle and host of the Girls on Film podcast, is encouraged by the changes but dismayed by the Bafta voters' failure to nominate a single woman in the best director category. While the British Academy acknowledged his denial it maintained the suspension would stay in place "until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved". Singer has denied the accusations.

"Bafta believes everyone has the right to a fulfilling career in a safe, professional working environment, and it will continue to collaborate with the film, games and television industries to achieve this", the statement continued.

Singer's unprecedented BAFTA nomination suspension has sparked theories that the organization may be doing damage control ahead of "Bohemian Rhapsody's" win on Sunday.

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Back in 2016, Bryan Singer was announced as the director of the film. The Hollywood Reporter said Singer had not returned to the set after Thanksgiving week, and 20th Century Fox said that cameras had been stopped due to the "unexpected unavailability" of the director.

"BAFTA has removed Bryan Singer's name from "Bohemian Rhapsody's" British Film nomination.after voting has closed, natch".

Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury, was previously seen as a likely Bafta best actor victor (and possible Oscar champ).

Further allegations of sexual assault and misconduct were made against Singer in a piece in The Atlantic a couple of weeks ago, prompting the film's removal as a best original film nominee at this year's GLAAD Media Awards.

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