The film is nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture.
Oscar-nominated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been removed as a nominee for best original film nominee at this year’s GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards, following new accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against director Bryan Singer.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honour media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives.
The move follows publication of a report in US publication The Atlantic in which four men allege that Singer had sexual encounters with them when they were teenagers in the late 1990s. One of them was 13-years-old at the time.
Singer has denied all allegations made against him.
In a statement to US entertainment trade publication Variety, GLAAD said: "In light of the latest allegations against director Bryan Singer, GLAAD has made the difficult decision to remove Bohemian Rhapsody from contention for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Film - Wide Release category this year.
"This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded,”
“Singer’s response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first,” the statement continued.
GLAAD had previously championed the film for its honest and dogged depiction of LGBT+ icon Freddie Mercury's battle with sexuality and gruesome struggle with AIDS.
“The team that worked so hard on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, as well as the legacy of Freddie Mercury, deserve so much more than to be tainted in this way. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ brought the story of LGBTQ icon Freddie Mercury to audiences around the world, many of whom never saw an out and proud lead character in a film or saw the impact of HIV and AIDS in fair and accurate ways.
"The impact of the film is undeniable. We believe, however, that we must send a clear and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth and all survivors of sexual assault that GLAAD and our community will stand with survivors and will not be silent when it comes to protecting them from those who would do them harm,” GLAAD said.
The full list of nominations will be announced live on GLAAD's Facebook page on Friday at 3pm GMT.
Actors MJ Rodriguez and Nico Santos will announce the nominees for the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards live from the AT&T Hello Lounge in Park City, Utah.