The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that it has suspended Bryan Singer’s nomination at the upcoming British Academy Film Awards due to the recent allegations of sexual misconduct made against the filmmaker.
Singer had been nominated alongside Bohemian Rhapsody producers Graham King and Anthony McCarten in the category of Outstanding British Film. King and McCarten remain nominated, while Bohemian Rhapsody will also contest a further six BAFTA Awards.
“BAFTA considers the alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values,” reads a statement from the organisation. “This has led to Mr Singer’s suspended nomination. BAFTA notes Mr Singer’s denial of the allegations. The suspension of his nomination will therefore remain in place until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved.”
Despite the latest allegations against Singer, Millennium Films boss Avi Lerner has recently confirmed that the director remains attached to the upcoming Red Sonja reboot, a project he first joined back in October following his firing from Bohemian Rhapsody.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury’s lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Bohemian Rhapsody features a cast that includes Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Aaron McCusker as Jim Hutton, Aidan Gillen as John Reid, Tom Hollander as Jim Beach, Allen Leech as Paul Prenter and Mike Myers as Ray Foster.