Bohemian Rhapsody took home top honors at the 2019 Golden Globes Sunday night, with Rami Malek winning Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for his passionate portrayal of Freddie Mercury and the film itself winning for Best Motion Picture — Drama.
Bohemian Rhapsody’s wins, however, raised questions for some viewers. The film’s director, Bryan Singer, is mired in controversy. Singer, who was fired late in production for alleged on-set behavior but remains the credited director on the film, has a history of accusations of sexual assault that spans more than two decades. Days after his removal from Bohemian Rhapsody, a lawsuit was filed against him for the alleged rape of a 17-year-old boy in 2003. He has also faced two civil suits alleging sexual assault, one of which was dropped and one of which was dismissed. Singer has denied all allegations made against him.
Malek and producer Graham King, who accepted the film’s Best Picture award, didn’t mention Singer in their acceptance speeches, and any reference to the director appeared to be intentionally avoided by the rest of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s cast and crew throughout the Golden Globes.
Bohemian Rhapsody, a box office hit despite mixed reviews from critics, had not been considered a top contender for Best Picture at February’s Academy Awards. Its Best Picture win at the Golden Globes, though in no way predictive of Oscar glory, could boost its chances, inspiring Academy voters to consider it before Oscar voting closes next week and suggesting that voters may be willing to overlook Singer’s alleged history.(It’s worth noting that there is no overlap between the voting bodies for the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.) The film has also been criticized for tip-toeing around Mercury’s sexuality and failing to explore it in any meaningful way.
Singer, who was not present at the awards, celebrated the film’s win on Instagram.
Below, see how several viewers on Twitter reacted to the Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Golden Globes:
“Bryan Singer couldn’t be here tonight because, well, yikes.”
— bobby finger (@bobbyfinger) January 7, 2019
That and a whole lot of complicit people have managed to craft a narrative wherein they pretend Bryan Singer doesn't exist & won't be rewarded for the film's success. https://t.co/xgmGADRplx
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) January 6, 2019
Every single press question backstage for the rest of the night had damn better be about Bryan Singer. #GoldenGlobes
— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) January 7, 2019
Huge night for Bryan Singer and all those who supported him in a professional capacity through the years. Congratulations to them all — I'm sure they're very proud.
— Daniel D'Addario (@DPD_) January 7, 2019
Talking big Hollywood change talk and then giving the Bryan Singer film top honors is too on the nose.
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) January 7, 2019
After more feedback from Academy voters, I'm now very afraid Bohemian Rhapsody will get a Best Picture nomination. I feel the press/media has somehow failed in explaining how false so much of the film's narrative is.
— Gregory Ellwood – The Playlist 🎬 (@TheGregoryE) January 6, 2019