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Viral 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Clip Unleashes Debate: Does it Deserve Oscar Nomination for Best Film Editing?

Jadzia Samuel Monday 04 February 2019

Despite the undeniable success of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' both in box-office sales and during the award season, the film always ends up tainted with controversy. Although much of the problem lies with the accusations of sexual assault made against Bryan Singer, the initial director of the film, this time the biopic has come under scrutiny due to its own merits in the Oscars category for Best Editing.

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Queen biopic, which follows the story of 80s legend Freddie Mercury and his band, received five nominations in the Academy Awards, of which three are for technical achievement: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Recently a clip from the film has gone viral across social media, opening up the debate as to whether 'Bohemian Rhapsody' deserves this nomination for film editing. While many fans of the film believe that we should take into account the difficulties involved in the post-production process after Singer's exit, most Twitter users are of the opinion that the film doesn't even come close to the level of the other nominations.

The Rhapsody of Twitter

It is this scene of a conversation between the members of the band and Paul Pretender which has gone viral across the web due to its dizzying onslaught of frame changes.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' recently won the award for the Best Editing of a Drama in the American Cinema Editors Awards; however, Guy Lodge, a freelance critic who works with media outlets such as Variety, suggested that the film won purely out of the other editors' pity for John Ottman's seemingly impossible task, and others seemed to agree.

Some users were a little more forgiving with regards to the messy cuts:

But what do you think of the Oscar nomination? Does 'Bohemian Rhapsody' deserve its spot among the other nominees?

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