You probably already know by now. Bohemian Rhapsody won Best Picture (Drama) at the 2019 Golden Globes last night, and no one could believe it. It beat out quality films like If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star Is Born. I mean, Bohemian Rhapsody had a 49% rating on Metacritic…and IT SOMEHOW WON BEST PICTURE!
The star of the film, Rami Malek, also won Best Actor for his performance as Freddie Mercury. And during his speech, he thanked everyone but the director of the movie, Bryan Singer. In fact, no one thanked Singer. Not Malek nor producer Graham King who accepted the award for Best Picture.
Singer was fired from the Bohemian Rhapsody set two weeks before filming was completed after reports of on-set turmoil. He managed to keep his directing credit though.
It was believed he was fired because he could not get along with Malek on set, although, Singer claims he was fired because he needed time off to take care of his parents…
“Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health. Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control. Rumors that my unexpected departure from the film was sparked by a dispute I had with Rami Malek are not true.”
The conspiracy theorist in me believes there was no trouble on set. I wouldn’t be surprise to learn that everyone involved in the project thought about the sexual misconduct allegations against Singer. A man sued him back in 2017, claiming Singer raped him when he was 17-years-old.
I bet they knew if Singer was still attached to this project come awards season, it would seriously hurt their chances of winning anything. They decided to put some distance between them and it looks like it worked.