The Queen biopic, starring a widely acclaimed Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, has already scooped the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama), and Malek has won multiple Best Actor prizes. Now, the film’s editors have also had their moment to shine. John Ottman was awarded the gong for Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) at the Eddie Awards, which celebrate that particular craft, on Friday night.
It was arguably one of the top prizes of the night, with The Favourite winning the equivalent prize in the Comedy strand.
Interestingly, it was Bohemian Rhapsody’s editing that was the subject of a (negative) viral tweet late last month – further emphasising just how polarising this film has been.
A tweet by journalist Pramit Chatterjee highlighting one particular scene amassed more than 20,000 Likes; and an accompanying clip has had 1.4 million views at time of writing.
“This is objectively bad,” he had written, referring the quick cuts to different actors’ faces.
“Someone with no idea about editing will notice it. My brain is on fire thinking that this is an OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIE! F**K!
“I JUST checked and the editor of #BohemianRhapsody is nominated for best editing. He’s actually nominated.. ha…hahahaha…I’m gonna lose my f**king mind.”
With many viewers agreeing and many others rallying to defend the biopic, it seems the film is just continuing to surprise people.
It’s faced controversy for other reasons, too: among them, more recently, additional allegations of sexual abuse made against its fired director, Bryan Singer (accusations he denies).
Rami Malek spoke out in support of the accusers while collecting a prize of his own at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Friday night.
“In my situation with Bryan, it was not pleasant, not at all. And that’s about what I can say about it at this point,” he said.
He added – reportedly whilst visibly emotional: “For anyone who is seeking any solace in all of this, Bryan Singer was fired.
“Bryan Singer was fired, I don’t think that was something anyone saw coming but I think that had to happen and it did.”