This awards season has been grounded with many debates over quality of films. From Black Panther to Bohemian Rhapsody, there have been a lot of critics and film fans disagreeing with the nominated Best Picture films. Is this to do with politics, or a push for more viewers to the show? Who knows. However, since Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Golden Globe win for Best Picture: Drama, people have been targeting it. Not just for the quality of the movie though, but for the director linked to the movie.
|Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) – source: 20th Century Fox|
I am fine with people disagreeing about the movie itself. I was one of the people that absolutely loved the movie. I saw it five times in cinema, something I have not done since Captain America: Civil War! However, I can see why people would get frustrated by the fact that it has gotten so much notice for the big awards, particularly when films such as First Man and If Beale Street Could Talk did not make the list. However, simply because one director who isn’t even putting his face into the promotion or the speeches at the awards show, does not mean the entire film should get dragged down.
The GLAAD Media Awards, an award show that honours various branches of the media for LGBTQ+ representation, had Bohemian Rhapsody nominated for Outstanding Film. This has now been disqualified from the running due to Bryan Singer’s history. In case you are not already aware, Singer has been accused of multiple cases of sexually abusing young boys. I am not here to get into accusations or cases, this is simply talking about the film and the award show.
If GLAAD had left Bohemian Rhapsody in the nominations list and simply didn’t give it the major award, there would not be backlash against it. Most chances, Love, Simon is going to win the award down to how important that movie was for the LGBTQ+ community (as it should do). However, we cannot forget about the fact that Freddie Mercury was bisexual, and is also an important person in history for the community. He was an example of someone being himself, someone that was confidence, and someone who is a role model for many people. That shouldn’t be looked over.
I also feel bad for the cast and crew for this film, because of how much backlash they have had. Singer didn’t even finish the film, he got Dexter Fletcher (who is the director of upcoming bio-pic Rocketman) to finish it off for him. We have Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen producing the film, making sure that Freddie was represented in a way he would want to be. All of the cast, particularly those who were playing the members of Queen, worked so hard to get their roles perfectly. It just seems a shame to punish all of these crew members who worked so hard, just because of the director. They clearly thought that the film was good enough and had great representation to get it a nomination.
I love and support GLAAD in all the work that they do and I love that there are people out there supporting and being there for the LGBTQ+ community. I just think that it is a shame that just because someone has to be labelled the director of a film, the rest of the team should get punished for it.
Do you agree with me? Let me know in the comments below, and let’s have a friendly conversation about it.