Bohemian Rhapsody director Bryan Singer's BAFTA nomination suspended

FILE Director Bryan Singer in May 2016

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.

At the same time, Bafta announced changes in its membership process created to increase the percentage of women and ethnic minorities, after an anonymous membership survey in January 2016 found that 41% were female, 13% minority ethnic, and that the median age was 52.

Anna Smith, chair of the London film critics circle and host of the Girls on Film podcast, is encouraged by the changes but dismayed by the Bafta voters' failure to nominate a single woman in the best director category.

The British Academy has suspended Bryan Singers BAFTA nomination for "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Bohemian Rhapsody director, Bryan Singer's BAFTA nomination has been suspended.

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

Singer's unprecedented BAFTA nomination suspension has sparked theories that the organization may be doing damage control ahead of "Bohemian Rhapsody's" win on Sunday.

BAFTA added that the film still remains in the outstanding British film category and other individuals involved in the movie have remained nominees. "The suspension of his nomination will therefore remain in place until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved".

Singer, also known for "The Usual Suspects" and "X-Men", was dropped as "Bohemian Rhapsody" director in late 2017, with Hollywood media reports citing clashes on set. Validity of the above story is for 7 Days from original date of publishing. Singer has denied those claims as well, calling the article a "homophobic smear piece" that was "conveniently timed" to take advantage of Bohemian Rhapsody's success.

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