BAFTA suspends Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer nomination

BAFTA Takes Singer's Name Off 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Nom

BAFTA Takes Singer's Name Off 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Nom

At the same time, Bafta announced changes in its membership process created to increase the percentage of women and ethnic minorities, after an anonymous membership survey in January 2016 found that 41% were female, 13% minority ethnic, and that the median age was 52.

The film earned five Academy Award nominations, including Malek's best actor nod. "But the lack of female directors nominated in the directing category is very disappointing".

Nominees for best British film - a separate category - are Channel Islands thriller Beast, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, fashion documentary McQueen, Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan and Ollie and crime thriller You Were Never Really Here.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards are fast approaching with some of the biggest names in Hollywood set to be out in force in London later this week, when the award ceremony takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on February 10.

"BAFTA considers the alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values", reads a statement from the organisation.

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"Singer's response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used "homophobia" to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first".

The nomination "suspension" placed on Singer "will remain in place until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved", the statement read. BAFTA notes Mr. Singer's denial of the allegations.

Singer's unprecedented BAFTA nomination suspension has sparked theories that the organization may be doing damage control ahead of "Bohemian Rhapsody's" win on Sunday.

Singer did not direct all of the film after disputes about his absences from the set.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

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