Why ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Probably Won’t Win Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars

There’s no doubt about it – Bohemian Rhapsody is the highest-grossing music biopic of all time. The dramatic retelling of the story of Queen, one of the world’s most iconic rock bands, struck a chord with audiences everywhere. Much of the film’s buzz is due to lead actor Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

He’s received widespread praise for his performance, and the film is credited as introducing a whole new generation to the music of Queen. The film is even up for Best Picture at the 2019 Oscars – but does it actually have a chance of winning the coveted award?

What audiences love about ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

The movie is clearly made with love, and fans appreciate the attention to details. Rami Malek was fully committed to his role as Freddie Mercury and worked with a movement coach in order to perfect the way the flamboyant lead singer walked, danced, and moved onstage. The makeup and costume design, too, was epic, with Malek wearing a full set of enlarged dentures in order to recreate Mercury’s well-known overbite.

The other actors in the film bear a striking resemblance to their real-life counterparts. Gwylim Lee is the spitting image of Queen guitarist Brian May, and Ben Hardy, the blond English actor from Eastenders, expertly evokes the charisma and talent of drummer Roger Taylor. Joe Mazzello, a former child actor best known for Jurassic Park, played John Deacon, the bassist for Queen. The actors were dedicated to doing the band justice and learned how to play their respective instruments expertly. Of course, the music of Queen is already known and loved the world over, but learning the real-life stories behind the famous songs endeared the movie to audiences in a way that no other music biopic has been able to do.

What did critics say about ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?

While most audiences members absolutely loved Bohemian Rhapsody, many critics were not sold on the film at all. Various critics slammed the film for not going into detail about Freddie Mercury’s notoriously decadent personal life, the way the film played fast and loose with the band’s timeline, and how the movie seemed to make up certain details.

For instance, Roger Ebert’s website gave the film one-star and said that the single star was for Malek’s extraordinary performance only. The critic took issue with the “superficial” structure of the film, and the way it completely glossed over Mercury’s sexuality. 

Will ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ win Best Picture?

In spite of all the negative reviews, Bohemian Rhapsody was nominated for Best Picture at the 2019 Academy Awards. While fans are excited at the idea of the film taking home the year’s top honors, it’s highly unlikely that it will actually score the coveted award. The movies that win at the Academy Awards are traditionally those that are very well-received by the critics.

Some naysayers have expressed the belief that the film was only nominated in response to Rami Malek’s stunning performance as Mercury, which admittedly is spectacular. Malek himself has likely redefined his career with the role and is himself up for Best Actor at the ceremony, set for February 24th. 

Even if the film doesn’t win Best Picture, there’s no possibility that it will go unnoticed. The band has experienced a major resurgence in popularity, thanks to the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, and will hit the road with Adam Lambert over the summer, performing all their hits to a series of sold-out venues. To add even more fuel to the fire, the band just announced via Instagram that they will be performing during the Academy Awards ceremony, which will surely add a dose of rock flair to an otherwise serious evening.