Former Bohemian Rhapsody Director Bryan Singer Suspended From BAFTA Nomination

Former Bohemian Rhapsody Director Bryan Singer Suspended From BAFTA Nomination

Singer was sacked from Bohemian Rhapsody two weeks before the scheduled end of shooting over what the studio called "unexplained absences".

The film-maker had been named in the outstanding British film category, but the academy said his name has been suspended from the nomination "effective immediately". BAFTA had a change of heart, it seems, with the release of the Atlantic's March 2019 issue, which features a harrowing investigation into Singer's long history of alleged sexual improprieties.

In previous interviews, Malek has said he had "creative differences" with Singer.

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. While not getting into specifics, BAFTA stressed that it considers Singer's alleged behavior "completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values". This has led to Mr Singer's suspended nomination.

The film and others nominated for it will remain eligible for BAFTAs, which will be presented Sunday.

In 2016, Bafta announced that, in order to qualify in two of its award categories - outstanding British film, and outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer - films must conform to the BFI's Diversity Standards.

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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. For example, in 2003, BAFTA honored Roman Polanski, a U.S. fugitive who faces charges of raping a 13-year-old girl, with the David Lean Award for Direction.

Yorgos Lanthimos' film received 12 nominations for the United Kingdom equivalent of the Oscars, including best film, best director and best actress, for Olivia Colman.

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The BAFTA statement did not give any detail of the allegations. BAFTA said the suspension would remain in place while these allegations are resolved. After all, why bother removing Singer's name from the nomination if the film doesn't receive an award?

Bryan has denied the claims and told BBC that the allegations were a "homophobic smear" to destroy the success of the Queen film.

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