Box office hit Bohemian Rhapsody has earned five Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor.
The cast and crew of the popular film certainly have reason to sing We Are The Champions after the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced today (January 22).
Not only was Rami Malek nominated for Best Actor for his performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, but the film also picked up nominations for Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
No matter what you think of the film, which received a mixed reception from critics, earning five nominations is quite the achievement considering Bohemian Rhapsody was stuck in development hell for years.
The project was first revealed in 2010 with Sacha Baron Cohen attached to the lead role of Mercury however, in July 2013 the actor left the project due to creative differences.
Following Cohen’s departure, Dexter Fletcher was selected as director, but he also left a year later unhappy with where the project was heading.
In 2017 Bryan Singer was announced as the film’s director with Malek taking on the role of Mercury. Singer would be fired midway through production.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this was because of Singer’s ‘unexpected unavailability’, an escalating clash between he and Malek, and Singer needing to attend to a ‘gravely ill parent’.
Returning to the project, Fletcher finished the film which was released last year.
So you can say it really has been quite the journey for all involved in Bohemian Rhapsody…
When it comes to the Best Picture category, Bohemian Rhapsody has some tough competition in the shape of BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice.
The wonderful period-drama comedy The Favourite and Netflix’s beautiful black-and-white film Roma lead the Oscars race this year with 10 nominations each.
Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born and Adam McKay’s Vice follow closely behind earning five nominations each while Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has seven.
Earning a nomination for Best Picture, Black Panther has become the first comicbook film to do so at the Oscars.
Here is the full list of 2019’s Oscar nominations:
A Star Is Born
Christian Bale – Vice
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Glenn Close – The Wife
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – Vice
Marina de Tavira – Roma
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay – Vice
Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born
Best Original Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Capernaum – Lebanon
Cold War – Poland
Never Look Away – Germany
Roma – Mexico
Shoplifters – Japan
Best Original Song
All The Stars – Black Panther
I’ll Fight – RGB
The Place Where Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns
Shallow – A Star Is Born
When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Best Original Score
BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard
Black Panther – Ludwig Goransson
If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell
Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat
Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
Best Animated Feature
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best Documentary Feature
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
Never Look Away
A Star Is Born
Best Costume Design
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres
Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter
The Favourite – Sandy Powell
Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell
Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne
Best Make-up and Hairstyling
Mary Queen of Scots
Best Production Design
Mary Poppins Returns
Best Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Editing
A Quiet Place
Best Sound Mixing
A Star Is Born
Best Animated Short
One Small Step
Best Live Action Short
Best Documentary Short
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.
The televised Oscars ceremony takes place on February 24.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.