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Will Allegations Against Bryan Singer Resonate In Bohemian Rhapsody’s Performance At The Oscars 2019

And if yes, then how much?

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As Hollywood goes into the Academy’s ‘phase two’, its triumphant honorees reinvent their campaigning stratagems to appeal before a distinguished set of critics in their pursuit of Academy gold. ‘Phase two’ kick-started Tuesday post the revelation of the Oscars 2019 nominations. And now, eligible candidates are crusading to turn in maximum votes from diverse audiences.  Rami Malek starrer Bohemian Rhapsody, the year’s most successful biopic and a nominee for 5 Academy categories; for instance, has opted to talk loudly about the long-whispered rumors about its director Bryan Singer ‘s sexual conduct in this awards crunch time.

Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Bryan Singer

For the industry, and for those that have nothing to do with the industry- the allegations do not come as a shocker. There has always been great bewilderment around Singer’s behavior with his male peers. But it was only until recently that a few voices surfaced with some official media disclosure.

Bohemian Rhapsody Had Fired Singer In 2017

Rhapsody evicted Singer for his professional office back in 2017. It was apparently the first wave of #MeToo that swept Bryan Singer aside the ambitious biopic. Later; however, sources disclosed that it was Singer’s non-professional attitude that triggered Fox to fire him.  It was only after his dismissal from Bohemian Rhapsody that Bryan Singer became a subject to multiple sexual assault lawsuits.  What is more amusing is that even amid the numerous dissensions around the ethical and executive conduct of Bryan Singer, Millennium Films brought the director aboard for a comic-book adaptation ‘Red Sonja’.  Apparently, the company did not find the allegations surrounding Singer to have any ‘merit’.

Bohemian Rhapsody Avoided Referencing Bryan Singer

Although Singer was long gone from Bohemian Rhapsody, the makers had to; nevertheless, associate his name  with the film, thanks to DGA restrictions. To avoid Singer’s reputation from causing obstructions, the film went ahead without talking about any of its directors. It survived by dodging questions at press meets and missing mentions during awards speeches. Even when Bohemian Rhapsody snug awards and critical acclaim poured in for Rami Malek, there was no mention of the people saying ‘kut’ off-screen.

What’s Next?

In the wake of the new found allegations; however, the situation is now bound to change. Bohemian Rhapsody can no more maintain the silence it had long equipped to guard it off acclaim-abating controversies. It finds itself at an advantage as it shrug Singer off even before his reputation could cause an impact. But, since Singer is being mentioned in the news as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ director, the cast and crew cannot possibly avoid all the negative attention arising due to Bryan Singer.

Rami Malek Comments On Allegations Against Bryan Singer

Recently, L.A grilled Rami Malek of his knowledge the allegations around Bryan Singer. Malek successfully manipulated his fallout with Singer to resonate irrelevance of Bohemian Rhapsody to the accusations on Singer. He said

“As far as I knew, I was considered before Bryan was even attached. So I had my head down preparing for this for about a year ahead of time, and I never really looked up. I didn’t know much about Bryan. I think that the allegations and things were, believe it or not, honestly something I was not aware of, and that is what it is. Who knows what happens with that … but I think somehow we found a way to persevere through everything that was thrown our way.”

When reporters questioned Malek about whether he thinks that fan attitude towards Bryan Singer would affect Bohemian Rhapsody, he elaborated with great confidence that his fans understand that Singer was fired from the project. To Malek, Bohemian’s audience views the film with an ideological perspective and for the love for Freddie Mercury.  Malek also thanked Dexter Fletcher for his participation in the movie.

How Will Bohemian Rhapsody Fare At The Oscars 2019

Singer will definitely affect Bohemian’s chances of bagging trophies at the Oscars 2019. Green Book scored nominations despite Islamaphobic statements from its writers and directors. Similarly, fans might also excuse Bohemian Rhapsody off its association with Bryan Singer. However, this is something that will indeed not be forgotten, something that will eventually imbue its cataclysmic wrath on the final vote count.

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