Bafta has taken a stand against Bryan Singer ahead of this weekend’s ceremony. The awards show’s governing body has removed Singer’s name from Bohemian Rhapsody‘s nominations for outstanding British film in response to sexual misconduct allegations against him. Producers Graham King and Anthony McCarten remain listed in the film’s nomination.
Earlier this year, The Atlantic published a report accusing Singer of sexual misconduct with underage boys. He was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody in December 2017 but due to DGA rules, he remains credited as the sole director. The film has since gone on to receive heaps of critical and commercial praise, even winning multiple awards at last month’s Golden Globes. Singer was noticeably absent at the show and wasn’t mentioned by any of the cast or crew in their acceptance speeches.
Bafta released a statement Wednesday announcing the news: “In light of recent very serious allegations, Bafta has informed Bryan Singer that his nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody has been suspended, effective immediately.
“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.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Bohemian Rhapsody remains nominated in the Outstanding British Film category, and the other individuals named as candidates in respect of the film remain nominees.
“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.”