‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Wins Big at Golden Globes

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Rami Malek (r) with Queen’s Brian May at the Golden Globe Awards, January 6, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody continues its phenomenal roll. On Sunday night, Jan. 6, the film won the two huge awards that it was nominated for: Best Picture – Drama, and Rami Malek earned Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role as Freddie Mercury.

“This is a profound honor to receive this,” said Malek in his acceptance speech. “I am beyond moved right now. To you, Brian May… to you, Roger Taylor, for assuring that authenticity and inclusivity exists in music and in the world and all of us. Thank you, Freddie Mercury, for giving me the joy of a lifetime.”

On Dec. 12, it nabbed two Screen Actors Guild nominations to go along with its two Golden Globe nominations. And its worldwide box-office numbers continued to climb: the Queen biopic was the 9th-biggest title of 2018 with $702 million. More on that below.

On Jan. 2, 2019, 20th Century Fox announced a Feb. 12 release date for the film’s home release, with bonus footage including the complete Live Aid recreation. It’s 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.

Moviegoers have been touting actor Rami Malek’s transformative performance as Freddie Mercury. 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.

Academy Award nominations will be revealed on Jan. 22.

Malek earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination 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.

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.

Bohemian Rhapsody has enjoyed solid numbers at the worldwide box-office. Through Jan. 6, in North America, it had earned more than $193 million in North America. It now ranks as 2018’s #13 biggest title in the U.S.

On Dec. 2, the Queen biopic became the #1 music biopic of all-time in the U.S. Statistics for the category began in 1978. Bohemian Rhapsody‘s U.S. tally of $189 million is now solidly ahead of 2015’s 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.

[Queen + Adam Lambert have announced a big 2019 tour. Tickets are available here and here.]

Internationally, the crowd-pleasing film, from Twentieth-Century Fox, had a total 2018 cume of $513 million. Combined with the U.S. numbers, its 2018 worldwide tally was over $702 million, making it 2018’s 9th-biggest release. Including 2019 numbers, the film has earned $743 million worldwide.

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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