GLAAD Media Awards, has ruled out the possible chances of Academy award nominated film Bohemian Rhapsody, from getting a GLAAD nomination slot in its 2019 nominees list.
The film, which has already won a best picture drama at the Golden Globe and anticipating to win an Academy award, following its five nominations, including the highest honor ‘best picture’ is removed from the soon-to-be-announced GLAAD Media nominations after The Atlantic published a year-long investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Bryan Singer (the half director of the film). In the publication, Singer is accused to have had sex with underage boys, something he has clearly denied as true.
The Hollywood Reporter shared the statement, which reads, “This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded. Singer’s response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first. The team that worked so hard on Bohemian Rhapsody as well as the legacy of Freddy Mercury deserve so much more than to be tainted this way.”
However, Singer did not direct the entire project of Bohemian Rhapsody, exiting after facing schedule clashes with the production (something he explained as a family emergency to take care of his ill mother). The film’s directing was continued and concluded by Dexter Fletcher. Knowing how much of a buzz Bohemian Rhapsody has generated for itself within the period of award season, would have no doubt become a frontrunner in the GLAAD Media awards if not for the revealed allegations.
Reports still hold that Singer has been maintained as director for ‘Red Sonja’ despite allegations headlined against him in Hollywood.