Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury (center) in Bohemian Rhapsody | Photo: IMDB/20th Century Fox
At the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, California last night, Bohemian Rhapsody won big.
Its star, Rami Malek, won Best Actor for his portrayal of queer rock icon Freddie Mercury. The movie itself, meanwhile, won Best Drama Film.
The film follows Mercury joining the band Queen and their career leading up to their Live Aid concert in 1985.
Since its release, Bohemian Rhapsody has enjoyed prosperity. It’s gone on to become the highest grossing music biopic of all time, proving its interest to audiences.
Critically, however, it’s more of a mixed bag. The film boasts a 62% on Rotten Tomatoes, with plenty of critics claiming it does poor justice to Mercury and his identities both as a person of color and as a bisexual man.
Kevin Fallon, writing for the Daily Beast, described Bohemian Rhapsody as an ‘insult’ to Mercury.
People took to Twitter to express their displeasure at the film’s win.
What are they saying?
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY and GREEN BOOK are definitely the best movies of the year unless you ask the communities those movies were supposed to represent.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) January 7, 2019
Good morning to Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, two movies that let Hollywood feel like it’s voting for progressive ideas, but which are actually insidious repudiations of everything the last year’s reckoning has attempted to address!!
— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) January 7, 2019
Despite Singer’s firing, he acknowledged the win and thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
People who happily supported BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: Singer was fired anyway, he didn’t have anything to do with it, its success doesn’t hurt anyone, let us enjoy this!!1!
Bryan Singer: pic.twitter.com/Bsc7jJejVP
— Jeremy (@SauronsBANE) January 7, 2019
Queer actor Evan Rachel Wood also tweeted about Singer following the movie’s win.
— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) January 7, 2019
Many people are worried Bohemian Rhapsody’s Golden Globe win could be an indicator for the Oscars.
It will be a huge insult to the Hollywood-embracing #MeToo movement if BohemianRhapsody is celebrated on Oscar night. It’s your responsibility as a member of the Academy community to enlighten the peers who might be ignorant to this story.
Shorter: oof that’ll be a *BAD* look
— Rodrigo Perez 📽🎞📺 (@YrOnlyHope) January 7, 2019
Good grief, if ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is heading into the Oscars race wearing a totally implausible pro-LGBT and inclusivity mantle, then Kevin Hart would probably feel right at home hosting it. #GoldenGlobes
— Tim Teeman (@TimTeeman) January 7, 2019
Others, however, have hope.
The Shape of Water. Moonlight. Spotlight. Birdman. 12 Years A Slave.
The last 5 years of Best Picture winners at the Oscars. Brilliant films with challenging ideas and breathtaking risks. I cannot imagine this Academy will choose Bohemian Rhapsody or Green Book to win.
— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) January 7, 2019
Nominations for the Oscar ballot open this week. The official nominations come out on 22 January.
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