Queen's Brian May is clearly over the moon with Bohemian Rhapsody's Oscar nominations. The biopic scored no less than five nominations for Best Picture, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing — as well as Best Actor for Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury. To date, Bohemian Rhapsody stands as the highest grossing music biopic in history. Earlier this month at The Golden Globes, Bohemian Rhapsody won the award for Best Motion Picture – Drama with Rami Makek snagging the prize for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.
Brian May tweeted: “Amazing to get FIVE Oscar nominations! Thankful, grateful, blessed!! Amazing punch in the eye for all those (whining) critics! Amazing that BBC News did a piece on all the Best Picture nominations tonight and completely ignored just one – Bohemian Rhapsody. Amazing our own country’s media are still begrudging of our efforts after nearly 50 years. Amazing how little it matters. Because our friends vote with their feet. Thanks folks. Always. Onwards! Bri”
Brian May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor shed light on the dedication they found from the top down from the cast and crew of Bohemian Rhapsody: “(Brian May): All the way down the cast and the whole production team, you feel this passion. They all felt it was something exceptional and we felt like that (Roger Taylor): Yeah. (Brian May): . . . visiting the set. It was an amazing feeling of loyalty and passion to this whole teamwork. (Roger Taylor): They got very close to us, I mean, visually, which made it particularly uncanny to watch. . . (Brian May): Mmm. (Roger Taylor): . . . for us, and after a couple of viewings, I mean, you start to (laughs) completely believe, 'Ah, that was us!' No, it's not, no. (Brian May): You do. (Roger Taylor): . . . it's other people. But (laughs) phenomenal (laughs).”
The 91st Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 24th on CBS.