Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has landed itself a grand total of seven BAFTA nominations ahead of the awards ceremony in London on Sunday 10 February.
The film has received nominations for Outstanding British Film, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Costume Design and Make Up and Hair, while Rami Malek also has a nomination for the Leading Actor accolade for his turn as the late Freddie Mercury.
A Star is Born, First Man and Roma also all have seven nominations, but The Favourite leads the way with a total of 12 – including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Make Up and Hair and Editing. Yorgos Lanthimos has been nominated for Director, while Olivia Colman is up for Leading Actress for her role as Queen Anne, and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are both nominated for Supporting Actress.
The nominees for Best Film are BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma and A Star is Born, and the nominees for Outstanding British Film are Beast, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, McQueen, Stan & Ollie and You Were Never Really Here.
Glenn Close, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy, Olivia Colman and Viola Davis are all up for Leading Actress, while Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Rami Malek, Steve Coogan and Viggo Mortensen are all nominated for the Leading Actor award.
Bohemian Rhapsody has already got itself off to a good start for awards season, having turned up trumps at Sunday evening’s Golden Globes – taking home the highly coveted Best Picture gong.
Executive producers Graham King and Jim Beach accepted the award, telling the audience what Mercury and the iconic band he fronted meant to them.
“The power of movies is that it brings us all together,” King said.
“Freddie Mercury and Queen did that so successfully through their music and that’s what we always wanted to accomplish in the cinemas. To see that magic come alive and to see the incredible response of this film has been truly humbling to everyone.”
Rami Malek also scooped up the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
In Malek’s acceptance speech, he dedicated his award to the man he played on screen, saying: “Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.”
The 37-year-old also paid tribute to the other members of Queen – guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor – who he sat with for the ceremony, thanking them ‘for ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in music and in the world and all of us’.