Bohemian Rhapsody took home Golden Globes for Best Drama and Best Drama Actor, but nobody mentioned director Bryan Singer during their acceptance speech. While Rami Malek and the rest of the cast and crew of the biopic never mentioned Singer's name, social media did, and found it ironic that a movie that Singer directed ended up winning top honors in the era of #MeToo and Time's Up movements. Despite this backlash, Singer posted a thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for the Golden Globes awards on social media.
Bryan Singer was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody with a little over two weeks left of filming to go. He was replaced by Dexter Fletcher who took on the rest of the directing duties. Singer's behavior on the set was big news during the filming of the biopic. After a new set of sexual assault allegations became public, the director wouldn't show up to the set and when he did, lead actor Rami Malek and Singer would get into arguments, though Singer denies this. After reportedly going home to deal with "family obligations," he was fired from the project. The studio cited "unreliability and unprofessionalism" for the reasoning behind the firing. Singer shot most of the finished movie, though, and his name remains on the film as the sole director.
With so many sexual misconduct allegations against Bryan Singer, people were shocked to see that Bohemian Rhapsody took home top Golden Globes honors and they expressed their reactions on social media, many pointing at all of the #MeToo and Time's Up pins seen in the audience. Nobody mentioned the director's name from the stage, but it was definitely pretty awkward for people watching at home. Singer has denied all of the allegations leveled against him over the years and continues to do so. When asked about not mentioning Bryan Singer, Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King had this to say.
"That's not something we should talk about tonight. Every single person collaborated and did (the film) out of passion (for) making this story. That was everybody."
In addition to the sexual misconduct allegations against Bryan Singer, many took issue with Bohemian Rhapsody taking home the Best Drama award because the movie wasn't well-received by critics. In fact, many panned the movie while heaping praise on Rami Malek's performance as legendary Queen front man Freddie Mercury. The biopic beat out Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, If Beale Street Could Talk, A Star Is Born for the win.
Rami Malek was also asked about Brian Singer backstage at the Golden Globes and stated that "nothing was going to compromise us," noting that it was all about Freddie Mercury. Malek said that Mercury is a "marvel," and that Bohemian Rhapsody "celebrates" him. With that being said, the music biopic is now the highest grossing of all time, and will more than likely see a boost at the box office after all of the awards attention. You can check out some reactions to Bohemian Rhapsody winning below, starting with Bryan Singer's Instagram account.
hollywood when bryan singer’s allegations are brought up pic.twitter.com/yJmw9xeFht— kyra (@blindspottiing) January 7, 2019
Congrats to 62% rotten tomatoes holder and Bryan Singer directed Bohemian Rhapsody on winning the first post me too era golden globe. Very cool!— Redneck Kong (@MICHAELfilm94) January 7, 2019
Seriously? Bohemian Rhapsody. The Bryan Singer one?.... what happened to Times Up? #GoldenGlobes— Harry Cook (@HarryCook) January 7, 2019
Those back-to-back heartfelt tributes to Bryan Singer were so moving. I thought they'd never stop talking about him.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 7, 2019
There were a few right answers that the HFPA could have gone with tonight, but by giving Best Picture to a Bryan Singer film, they chose the only wrong answer.— Albert Santos (@albertinho) January 7, 2019
anyone who puts bohemian rhapsody on a best of the year list should have to explain in detail why they endorse a film that 1) shits all over the memory of Freddie Mercury and 2) whose success continues to embolden bryan singer, a known rapist— diego but also mrs maisel fan acc (@deggowaffles) January 4, 2019
When it gets that nomination - and it will - it'll be up to the press & people in my field to hold this shit accountable. Ask about Bryan Singer at every turn. Don't let Rami Malek & co sweep that under the carpet because the Oscar matters more.— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) January 6, 2019
time's up unless you're bryan singer— art garfunkel-lookin' ass (@vickykrieps) January 7, 2019