‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Nabs More Awards Nominations

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A set recreating Live Aid’s set-up at London’s Wembley Stadium was built specifically for Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody nabbed two Screen Actors Guild nominations today (Dec. 12). Actor Rami Malek earned one for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The cast received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

[Though the release date hasn’t been announced, the film is available for pre-order on DVD in the U.S. and U.K.; on Blu-ray in the U.S. and U.K.; and on 4K in the U.S. and U.K.]

The SAG awards are for acting performances in film and television and thus don’t offer categories in such areas as top film, director, screenplay, and so on.

Malek was joined in his category by Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Viggo Mortensen and John David Washington. The film cast is pitched against their counterparts in A Star is Born, Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman and Crazy Rich Asians.

The winners will be announced on Jan. 27, 2019, during the live simulcast on TNT and TBS.

Moviegoers have been touting Malek’s transformative performance as Mercury in the Queen biopic. On Dec. 6, Malek was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the role, in the major category, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Bohemian Rhapsody was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, alongside BlacKkKlansmanBlack Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star is Born.

Malek joined Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Willem Dafoe (An Eternity’s Gate), Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased) and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) in the drama acting category.

The Golden Globes will be held on January 6, 2019. Academy Award nominations will be revealed on Jan. 22.

Bohemian Rhapsody has enjoyed solid numbers at the worldwide box-office. For the Dec. 7-9 weekend, in North America, it picked up another $6 million, bringing its total to more than $173 million in North America in its first 38 days. It now ranks as 2018’s #13 biggest title, both in the U.S. and worldwide (though many holiday pictures have yet to be released).

On Dec. 2, the Queen biopic became the #1 music biopic of all-time in the U.S. Its earnings in its fifth weekend of release (Nov. 30 – Dec. 2) pushed the film past the previous champ, 2015’s Straight Outta Compton.

Internationally, the crowd-pleasing film, from Twentieth-Century Fox, earned $33 million for the Dec. 7-9 weekend, with a total cume of $423 million. Its worldwide tally is now over $600 million.

Statistics for music biopics began in 1978. Bohemian Rhapsody‘s U.S. tally of $174 million is now solidly ahead of Straight Outta Compton which earned $161 million. Other titles in the Top 5: 2005’s Walk the Line, 2018’s I Can Only Imagine and 2006’s Ray.

The movie was #1 in its Nov. 2-4 opening weekend in North America, earning an estimated $50 million at the box-office. It picked up another $72.5 million internationally, giving it a tremendous $122.5 first full weekend worldwide. The film had its world premiere at London’s SSE Arena in Wembley on October 23 and opened in the U.S. on Nov. 2. Reviews were mixed, with 62% of critics giving it a favorable review, as tallied by Rotten Tomatoes. Filmgoers gave Bohemian Rhapsody an overwhelmingly positive 91% rating.

It stars Malek as Freddie, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joe Mazzello as John Deacon and Lucy Boynton as Freddie’s lifelong companion Mary Austin. The soundtrack, featuring all-original Queen recordings and vocals, was released on CD and digital formats on Oct. 19.

Fans have been touting Malek’s performance as worthy of an Oscar nomination.

Watch Malek talk about the role on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Related: Listen to Queen’s show-stopping performance at 1985’s Live Aid, as featured in the film

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  1. JCB
    #1 JCB 7 December, 2018, 08:43

    It is a fantastic film. A total blow away. Malek absolutely deserves an Oscar nomination, as does the film. The best R+R movie since “Almost Famous”. Unforgettable.

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