Rami Malek: Working with Bryan Singer was ‘not pleasant’

Angelo Anderson
February 11, 2019

"Bohemian Rhapsody" heads into this year's Oscars with five nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek and his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

In a statement on Wednesday BAFTA said it considered Singer's alleged behavior "completely unacceptable and incompatible" with its values. "This has led to Mr. Singer's suspended nomination", the statement continues. While the British Academy acknowledged his denial it maintained the suspension would stay in place "until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved".

Singer did not direct all of the film after disputes about his absences from the set.

Nominees for best British film - a separate category - are Channel Islands thriller Beast, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, fashion documentary McQueen, Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan and Ollie and crime thriller You Were Never Really Here. Validity of the above story is for 7 Days from original date of publishing.

According to an article in The Atlantic, two men alleged they had sex with him when he knew they were under 18, the Californian age of consent.

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

The winners will be announced February 10 at a ceremony in London hosted by Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley.

In a statement, GLAAD said: "This week's story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that can not be ignored or even tacitly rewarded".

The move, which comes amid the #MeToo push-back against sexual assault in Hollywood, appears to be among the first times that a major awards nomination was withdrawn due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

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