My fellow moviegoers, our long national nightmare is over. The first step came last night at the Golden Globe awards when the Best Motion Picture-Drama Award was given to Bohemian Rhapsody, created and directed by Bryan Singer. While Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies and allegedly raped an underage boy half his age in the ’90s, was not at the show in person, the award indicates that Hollywood is ready to move past #MeToo.
Singer, who’s been fighting these allegations for years (stretching back to 1997), had left the picture in 2017 after, yes, more allegations came out. However, he laid most of the groundwork for the piece and was a producer, as well as the credited director despite clean-up work by Dexter Fletcher. With all that in mind, and with the easy out of Bohemian Rhapsody being not really that good, the Hollywood Foreign Press decided to give a movie that still listed Singer as director their most prestigious award, even as multiple actresses sat in the audience bearing #TimesUp on their outfits.
While there’s been no official statement from the Globes or the company behind Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s clear that there was at least some attempt to un-person him, as he went unmentioned in Rami Malek’s speech for his (well deserved) Best Actor award, as well as those for the Best Motion Picture-Drama award itself. He was notably absent from the stage and the audience as well. After, the producers were cagey on whether Singer shared in the award, and Malek tried to block by shifting the focus back to Freddie Mercury. Singer did acknowledge the award on his Instagram, however, and thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press.
With #MeToo finally over, perhaps the other awards shows will follow suit. Perhaps Louis C.K. get a Grammy for his leaked comedy audio where he called the Parkland Teens “boring,” or maybe Kevin Spacey will get a Tony for his bizarre monologue from Christmas. The skies the limit thanks to the Golden Globes! And don’t worry about Bryan, he’s still helping produce The Gifted for Marvel and Fox. Oh, and he’s in talks to direct Red Sonja.