Bohemian Rhapsody netted five nominations days after it crossed an astounding $800 million at the worldwide box office

By Nigel Smith
January 22, 2019 10:07 AM

Mamma mia, mamma mia!

Fans of Queen‘s 1975 hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” are no doubt belting out the classic song after Tuesday’s announcement that the blockbuster Freddie Mercury biopic and its star, Rami Malek, scored best picture and actor Oscar nominations.

In total, Bohemian Rhapsody netted five nominations days after it crossed an astounding $800 million at the worldwide box office.

In light of the nominations, it stands to earn even more as 20th Century Fox, New Regency and GK Films roll out a special sing-along version of the Queen film in locations across the U.S. and Canada.

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The film, which has become the highest-grossing music biopic of all time, tells the story of Queen lead singer Mercury, played by Malek, and the band’s rise to fame. It won the award for best motion picture, drama, and Malek also took home best actor in a drama at the Golden Globes.

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To secure the title, the Mr. Robot star, 37, studied Mercury’s life and mannerisms very closely, he previously told Entertainment Weekly.

“I would consistently go back to his interviews and performances just to understand the [different] sides of him,” Malek said. “Obviously, there is a very brave, brash entertainer who hits the stage. And then there is a human being who can be reclusive and lonely behind closed doors.”

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The movie had to overcome quite a bit of controversy during production.

Its first director, Bryan Singer, was fired and replaced by Dexter Fletcher. Singer, 53, was let go for allegedly being “unexpectedly unavailable” for several days on set. His firing also came amid reports that there was tension between him and Malek. Still, Singer thanked the Globes after the movie took home best drama motion picture on Sunday night.

Additionally, Singer has had multiple accusations of sexual misconduct levied against him — which he has vehemently denied.

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