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The Brits Say 'No' to Accused Filmmaker

Bryan Singer loses his 'Best Director' BAFTA nomination
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2019 6:30 PM CST
Bryan Singer in 2013.   (File Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – The British equivalent of the Oscars will be held Sunday in London as planned, with one change: Bryan Singer's nomination is no more, the BBC reports. The Bohemian Rhapsody director's nom has been suspended by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in response to sexual assault allegations reported by the Atlantic. Four men made abuse claims for the first time in the magazine, with two saying Singer knew they weren't yet 18 and another claiming Singer molested him "throughout the day" during filming. Singer, 53, calls the accusations a "homophobic smear," but BAFTA says the nomination is on hold until the allegations are resolved.

While Singer is out of the running, his movie is still up for Outstanding British Film and other awards, per Variety. In another twist, Singer is expected to receive $40 million in a backend provision for directing Bohemian Rhapsody even though he was fired two weeks before filming ended—because the movie earned an eye-popping $817 million worldwide, per the Hollywood Reporter. Singer's absence from the set apparently led to his firing, but the director said he had to "deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents." He also managed to retain sole credit on IMDB. (BAFTA isn't alone: GLAAD also decided not to honor Bohemian Rhapsody.)

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