The film had gone through a lot of behind-the-scenes troubles; with director Bryan Singer departing during the course of production. The film-maker left two weeks before filming was completed but retained his directing credit, amid allegations of on-set difficulties. He was not mentioned by star Rami Malek during his Best Actor acceptance speech last night.
Still, he posted about the win on Instagram – in a post that has had almost 20,000 likes.
He shared a photo from the set, along with the caption: “What an honor. Thank you #HollywoodForeignPress.”
Singer has also been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct over recent years. In 2014 a Los Angeles court dropped a sex abuse case against him on the grounds that there was no legal basis for it. He was also accused of abusing actor Michael Egan III, although the suit was dropped the same year – and Egan’s lawyer apologised for the “untrue and provably false allegations” Egan had made against other figures. In 2017 Singer was accused of raping a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to legal documents.
He vehemently denies all of the accusations against him.
Malek kept the focus of his acceptance speech on Freddie Mercury and Queen.
“Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime,” he said.
“I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.”
He had also thanked Brian May and Roger Taylor – who were with him at the Golden Globes – “for ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in music and in the world and all of us.”
Bohemian Rhapsody was a surprise winner of the Motion Picture – Drama prize, given its lacklustre reception from critics upon its cinematic release.
Still, it has been a box office sensation, and could now cause huge upsets at the Oscars and BAFTAs as awards season continues.
In fact, Malek is now the favourite to win the Oscar – with odds of 8/13 from bet365.
Bradley Cooper, former favourite, has drifted out to 10/3, while Christian Bale is between them on 5/2.
The Oscar nominations are out on January 22.