The British Academy have confirmed they’ve suspended Bryan Singer’s BAFTA nomination for “Bohemian Rhapsody” ahead of Sunday’s ceremony.
After a new expose in The Atlantic was published accusing Singer of having sex with underage boys, BAFTA released a statement to announce they wouldn’t be mentioning his name in the outstanding British film category.
The movie has bagged seven nominations in total.
The message, posted on their official website, stated: “In light of recent very serious allegations, BAFTA has informed Bryan Singer that his nomination for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been suspended, effective immediately.”
Confirming producer Graham King and writer Anthony McCarten’s names would remain, the statement continued: “BAFTA considers the alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values. This has led to Mr Singer’s suspended nomination.”
“BAFTA notes Mr Singer’s denial of the allegations. The suspension of his nomination will therefore remain in place until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved. BAFTA believes everyone has the right to a fulfilling career in a safe, professional working environment, and it will continue to collaborate with the film, games and television industries to achieve this.”
Singer was famously replaced by Dexter Fletcher in “Bohemian Rhapsody” with three weeks of filming still to go.
The director, who has been accused of sexual misconduct in the past, was fired from the Oscar-nominated film for not showing up to set. Despite this, it was recently revealed he would still earn an estimated $40 million from the film’s total profits.