20th Century Fox‘s QUEEN biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” received five Academy Award nominations this morning (January 22): “Best Picture,” “Sound Editing,” “Sound Mixing,” “Film Editing,” and “Best Actor,” for Rami Malek‘s portrayal of Freddie Mercury.
The smash biopic will compete for the “Best Picture” prize alongside “Black Panther”, “BlacKkKlansman”, “The Favourite”, “Green Book”, “Roma”, “A Star Is Born” and “Vice”.
Malek was nominated alongside Christian Bale (“Vice”), Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”) and Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”).
These five Oscar nominations come after “Bohemian Rhapsody” took home the Golden Globes for “Best Motion Picture – Drama” and “Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama” for Malek.
Presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this year’s 91st Academy Awards honors films that were released within the 2018 calendar year. The ceremony airs February 24 on ABC and will likely be host-less for the first time in 30 years.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” has already become the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time, bringing in more than $700 million at the worldwide box office.
Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw were set to play Freddie Mercury at different stages in the movie’s development, prior to Malek‘s casting. Cohen‘s vision for the film was reportedly very “adult” in tone and clashed with what the surviving members of QUEEN had in mind, leading to the actor’s departure.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” began production with “X-Men” director Bryan Singer behind the camera, but the filmmaker was fired from the movie after he disappeared from set and caused production delays. Dexter Fletcher, best known for making “Eddie The Eagle”, stepped in to replace Singer in the director’s chair.