Bohemian Rhapsody Wins BAFTA For Best Sound

Queen flick Bohemian Rhapsody has won the BAFTA award for Best Sound, beating fellow nominees First Man, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, A Quiet Place and A Star is Born.

The accolade was awarded to John Casali, Tim Cavagin, Nina Hartstone, Paul Massey and John Warhurst of the film's sound department.

The movie is up for seven BAFTAs in total at this evening's BAFTA ceremony, having been shortlisted in the Outstanding British Film, Costume Design, Make-Up & Hair, Cinematography, Editing and Sound categories, while Rami Malek is also up for the coveted Leading Actor award.

Bryan Singer recently had his nomination as Best Director suspended amid sexual assault allegations, which Singer has denied.

"In light of recent very serious allegations, BAFTA has informed Bryan Singer that his nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody has been suspended, effective immediately," BAFTA announced in a statement.

"BAFTA considers the alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values. This has led to Mr Singer's suspended nomination. BAFTA notes Mr Singer's denial of the allegations. The suspension of his nomination will therefore remain in place until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved."

Bohemian Rhapsody got off to a good start with awards season, having cleaned up pretty well at the Golden Globes - where it took home not only the Best Actor award for Rami Malek but was also named Best Picture.

Malek closed out his speech by dedicating his award to the man he played on screen, saying: "Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous."

The film was given the seal of approval from Queen guitarist Brian May - who is also at the BAFTA ceremony tonight - who referred to Malek's performance as 'incredible' in an interview with the Press Assocation, also saying he deserved to win an Oscar for it.

"He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Really remarkable," he said.

"We've lived with this project for nine years and it's incredible to see it doing so well. It came out to shitty reviews, as some of our work has before, but the public has embraced it magnificently," May added.

"Everybody gave 200 percent, from the actors and technicians to the production team and hair and make-up, everyone. You don't get any lukewarm responses. The guy who plays me should be getting awards all over."

Best of luck to all of those nominated at the BAFTAs this evening!

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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