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“Bohemian Rhapsody” won John Ottman his first Oscar for Best Film Editing, but the victory led to a considerable amount of backlash from moviegoers and film critics who believed the Queen biopic was one of the worst edited films of the year. In the wake of the Oscar win, a scene from the film in which the band meets with their eventual manager, John Reid (Aidan Gillen), went viral online for its sloppy and disorienting editing rhythm. The scene even inspired a video essay examining the bad editing choices that has earned over 1.6 million views on YouTube.
While Ottman deserves credit for editing together a coherent film following the behind-the-scenes drama that resulted in director Bryan Singer being fired with three weeks left in production, not even he will try to defend the much-mocked scene of Queen’s meeting with Reid. In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Ottman was surprised to find out the scene had gone viral but he knew exactly the reason why.
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“Whenever I see it, I want to put a bag over my head,” Ottman said of the scene. “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...
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