From Roma to Bohemian Rhapsody

FILE Director Bryan Singer in May 2016

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

Matthew Belloni of industry publication The Hollywood Reporter said a win could change Malek's life and the course of his career.

But in a statement posted on its website late on Wednesday, BAFTA said it had informed Singer that his nomination had been suspended "in light of recent very serious allegations".

The director faces accusations of sexual assault, which he has denied.

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The statement said that Bohemian Rhapsody remains nominated in the outstanding British film category, and the other individuals named remain nominees.

In 2016, Bafta announced that, in order to qualify in two of its award categories - outstanding British film, and outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer - films must conform to the BFI's Diversity Standards. This has led to Mr Singer's suspended nomination. For example, in 2003, BAFTA honored Roman Polanski, a U.S. fugitive who faces charges of raping a 13-year-old girl, with the David Lean Award for Direction. But it looks like he won't find many allies in the LGBTQ community; "Bohemian Rhapsody", a watershed film about a queer rockstar, was removed from the GLAAD Media Awards ballot last month following The Atlantic piece.

Similarly, Woody Allen, accused by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow of sexual assault, has been nominated for and won BAFTA awards years after the allegations of sexual misconduct first emerged. After all, why bother removing Singer's name from the nomination if the film doesn't receive an award?

Singer denied the allegations and said it was a "homophobic smear" timed to exploit Bohemian Rhapsody's success. "Something tells me it probably won then", one astute netizen observed.

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