Bohemian Rhapsody grabbed all the highlight when movie won the best drama prize at the Golden Globe. But it was not so much their award win as the absence of Film Director Bryan Singer that got everybody talking after the show. Much to everyone’s surprise, the film deliberately made no mention of the famous director who had recently landed in hot water on account of his off-site misdemeanors. So what exactly went down at the event? Why did they not give the obligatory shout out to the guy behind the movie?
To begin with Singer’s absence from the event was not exactly unexpected. Anybody who has heard about the director’s fall out with crew during the final shooting phase of Bohemian Rhapsody must have seen it coming a mile away. What interested everybody was the question whether the film crew’s note of thanks would include a shout out to Bryan Singer. Well as things turned out, they all, though absolutely delighted by recognition, deliberately avoided mentioning director’s contribution. Neither Graham King, the producer, nor Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury, mentioned the disgraced director.
Singer’s on-site break up and controversies are cited as the cause for his absence at the award. Apparently Bryan Singer was fired from the set following a heated on-set altercation involving lead actor and others. Relations strained and tensions flared on the film set with the director and Rami Malek nearly coming to blow over their disagreements. Though the two reportedly made up later on, the relation between them was never the same again. Even years before the on-set troubles on Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan singer got on news for all the wrong reasons as he was repeatedly accused of Raping a 17 year old boy. The director has so far come out vehemently denying all claims as bogus accusations.
The golden globe snub caused a storm on Twitter and sundry other platforms as many users took up the chance to take digs at the whole situation. Even though Bohemian Rhapsody had divided the critics, it was widely praised for Rami Malek’s charismatic portrayal of Freddie Mercury. It went on to beat the likes of “Black Panther” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” to the accolade. It must be added that the awkward drama unfolded at the Golden Globes can give the movie drama a run for its money. When asked to comment on Bryan Singer’s absence, Graham King said, “this is not something we should be concerned about tonight, everybody involved in this movie was responsible for its success, more importantly they did it out of passion”.
Rami Malek added, “ we should use this occasion to celebrate the legacy of Freddie Mercury. He was a marvel, we love him and we are going to give all the admiration and adulation he deserves”. Bryan Singer had earlier talked about his feelings for the project, denying allegations about altercation with Rami Malek.