Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer's BAFTA nomination suspended


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.

FILE PHOTO: Director Bryan Singer arrives at a screening of X-Men Apocalypse at a cinema in London, Britain, May 9, 2016. Singer was sacked as the director of "Bohemian Rhapsody" three weeks before filming was complete, a move which coincided with a lawsuit filed by a Seattle man who claims Singer raped him in 2003, when he was 17-years-old.

Matthew Belloni of industry publication The Hollywood Reporter said a win could change Malek's life and the course of his career.

Despite the latest allegations against Singer, Millennium Films boss Avi Lerner has recently confirmed that the director remains attached to the upcoming Red Sonja reboot, a project he first joined back in October following his firing from Bohemian Rhapsody.

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"BAFTA considers the alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values". This has led to Mr Singer's suspended nomination.

Bohemian Rhapsody received a total of seven BAFTA film nominations, all of which remain in place. As one of the most prestigious ceremonies of the year, the awards recognize outstanding achievements in film and television, with a focus on championing British cinema.

The director faces accusations of sexual assault, which he has denied. For example, in 2003, BAFTA honored Roman Polanski, a USA fugitive who faces charges of raping a 13-year-old girl, with the David Lean Award for Direction. However, Singer's name, which appeared alongside Graham King and Anthony McCarten in the best British film nomination, has been removed.