a few days of the 72nd ceremony of the British Academy Film Awards, the announcement did not go unnoticed. According to a press release published on the website of BAFTA, it is learned that the director of Bohemian Rhapsody is temporarily removed from the competition. “In the light of the recent accusations against the academy of the BAFTA informed Bryan Singer that his appointment was suspended, with immediate effect.”
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A blow to the australian director, whose biopic is the big favorite for ceremonies of awards in film. Five times Oscar-nominated, Bohemian Rhapsody has already won two Golden Globes, for best film drama and best actor in a drama film for his interpreter, Rami Malek.
Bryan Singer is the subject of four charges of sexual assault on minors. This is the american site The Atlantic who revealed the facts of the last month. This is not the first time that the filmmaker is the subject of complaints of this order: in 2017, a man had sued, accusing him of having raped fourteen years earlier, while he was a minor.
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“The academy considers that the alleged behaviour is totally unacceptable and incompatible with its values. It has, therefore, been led to suspend the appointment of Mr. Singer,” says the press release. The director of the Usual Suspects was nominated in the category for best british film, with Beast , Favorite , McQueen , Stan & Ollie and A Beautiful Day . Bohemian Rhapsody still, however, nominated six times for BAFTA awards (best actor, editing, photography, costumes, sound, make-up and hairstyles).
The suspension of Bryan Singer is reminiscent of another case, that occurred a little over a year, and who had shaken the world of cinema. In October 2017, the New York Times and the New Yorker revealed at the great day the testimonies of ten women, accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, harassment, and rape. A known situation in the last twenty years in Hollywood and which was noise from hallway and rumors, without any real punishment. The producer had been suspended from the Academy of british cinema, which delivers the BAFTA, before being permanently excluded.
Since then, new complaints have surfaced, particularly against actors Kevin Spacey, Ed Westwick, or the director Luc Besson.