Bohemian Rhapsody editor John Ottman has responded after the Queen biopic controversially won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.
The film’s victory for Best Editing was one of four Oscars that it picked up last month – although it certainly proved to be the most contentious.
Detractors hit out at one scene in particular that shows Queen meeting their manager John Reid for the first time, which features a dizzying 60 cuts in under two minutes.
Posting the moment on Twitter, one user sarcastically wrote : “Did this scene clinch BEST FILM EDITING for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at the #Oscars tonight? It’s hard to say.”
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) February 25, 2019
But it now seems that there might be a reason for why this scene in particular seems to be a little bit jarring.
According to The Washington Post, the meeting with John Reid was one of the few scenes filmed by Dexter Fletcher, after the firing of previous director Bryan Singer.
It meant that the storyline became re-ordered and the original dialogue no longer made sense.
For Ottman, it meant acting under time constraints – as well as responding to early feedback from audiences who said that they wanted to see more of the band’s early days.
While he was able to slow down some of the early scenes, it ultimately meant he didn’t get a chance to recut the widely derided scene.
When quizzed on the backlash, he told The Washington Post: “Oh my God! Wow. I didn’t know about that, but I know why that’s out there. Whenever I see [the scene], I want to put a bag over my head. Because that’s not my aesthetic. If there’s ever an extended version of the film where I can put a couple scenes back, I will recut that scene!”
Meanwhile, it was reported last week that a Bohemian Rhapsody 2 could be in the works.
Rudi Dolezal, who directed Queen videos including ‘One Vision’, said that he expects the group’s legendary manager, Jim Beach, will back a second biopic about the band and its late frontman, Freddie Mercury.
Speaking to Page Six about Beach, Dolezal said: “I’m sure he plans a sequel that starts with Live Aid,” adding that a sequel is now “being heavily discussed in the Queen family.”