Are you caught in a landslide of pop culture, feel like this is no escape from reality? Open your eyes, and look to the skies and you will see… We’re just poor in our clothes getting ready to watch another award show. Celebrities need no sympathy. If you haven’t caught on by now this is a tribute to Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the 2019 Oscar nominees for Best Picture. This movie is dedicated to the record breaking, time changing, foot-stomping band Queen.
If you haven’t seen the movie it follows the journey of the lead singer Freddie Mercury played by Remi Malek. We are shown the difficulties that he faces with finding a band and achieving the visions he has to what ultimately become a huge success. This has been one of the most talked about movies of 2018-19. This movie comes with original songs and along with songs that have never been released. Also with a live recording of their original performance for Live Aid in 1985, one of the final performance of Freddie Mercury. If you are a young millennial like myself, movies like this are so great to see. Growing up and hearing these songs you never truly gain the understanding of the band themselves because they are no longer together. I grew up listening to what might be referred to as “hair bands” and wouldn’t have it any other way. Queen was a band truly before their time. Understanding and learning more about the background of this band only makes it that much more enjoyable.
OK, you heard it here first Bohemian Rhapsody will win Best Picture, and if not then Black Panther will. However, if neither of those win than you can tell I’m not a fortune teller. I’m calling this 3 days earlier than the awards.
The Oscars are a wonderful time to sit back and admire the true art of film and the work that goes behind it.
Also honorable mention to Shaofu Zhang a UNCW ’06 Alumni. Who produced One Small Step and is nominated for an Oscar for Short Film (Animated). Zhang is the founder of TAIKO, an award winning animation studio. This short film is the story of a young Chinese-American girl, and her journey of growing up and facing different adversities. We look forward to seeing the outcome of the 2019 Oscars and wish the best of luck to Shaofu Zhang and his studio. Wings Up!
Link to a preview of One Small Step
Link to a preview of Bohemian Rhapsody
Looking forward to Sunday!
Although I do not watch the Oscars this year, this article did make me want to watch Bohemian Rhapsody even more than I already did. I have seen the commercials for it and wanted to go see it but never had the time to. I also grew up listening to the Band queen and completely agree with your statement that they were a band before our time. Even though I don’t ever watch the Oscars I will be looking forward to seeing Bohemian Rhapsody when I get the chance to.
I still haven’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody but I love Queen and I can’t wait to experience it! 2018 was a great year for movies and this years Oscars will be interesting for a number of reasons. The beginning of this post is very clever and I got a chuckle out of it.
Great article! I just recently watch Bohemian Rhapsody and I am obsessed. By far one of the best movies I’ve seen. I mean they really did Queen justice. My roommates and I were up dancing and singing along to every song in the movie. I recently watched a Youtube video that had a side-by-side comparison of Queen’s actual Live Aid performance and the scene from the movie and I was blown away with just similar they were. The sole reason I am watching the Oscars is to see Bohemian Rhapsody take home every award they were nominated for, how could they not?!?! I’m glad to see someone is praising this movie as much as I am!! Thanks for the article and can’t wait to see them win Best Picture!!
I LOVE all of Queen’s music, and the song Bohemian Rahapsody is by far my favorite, when I knew that there was going to be a movie about Freddie Mercury and all of Queen I got very excited, I went three times to see the movie at the cinema. My parents love their music so I’ve been listening to it since I was little. I am really happy looking at the Oscar’s right now and listening to more of Queen’s music, it is never enough.
I am so beyond happy that someone else shares the same love for this movie that I do. Since watching it in theaters, I have been nonstop listening to their music and obsessing over the band. I didn’t watch the Oscars, but I did see that they won many awards for this movie and rightfully so! I love the “older” feeling that the movie portrayed, and how it gave a better understanding of the band as a whole!
Bohemian Rhapsody was easily my favorite film of 2018. I went into this movie excited for the rock aspect because I play guitar and it truly was a good rendition of a good band with controversial issues at the time of their popularity. I enjoyed this post a lot because I also agreed that Black Panther should have won a lot of awards.
I too am a Queen lover. I grew up listening to Freddie Mercury sing his heart out as Brian May killed guitar strings. Just last year I created a Zine of Mercury’s life and how he changed the world. He is one of those people I think of and say “I wonder what the world would look like if Freddie Mercury was still alive”. His love was as contagious as his voice. It is a bit frustrating how everyone seems to love Queen now. All because of a movie that portrays Mercury’s life. It reminds me a lot of the Serial Killer Ted Bundy and the movie starring Zac Efron glorifying a horrific person. Sadly, I didn’t tune into the Oscars last night but, I heard Rami Malek took home the Oscar for best male actor. He did a phenomenal job and deserves all the awards and everything good in life. Thanks for loving Queen!
Bohemian Rhapsody is one of my mom and I’s favorite movies! My mom has been keeping me updated on Bohemian Rhapsody and the awards they have been winning and will win! So glad you wrote an article about the talent that this movie has!
Love the article! Caught my eye when I saw a picture of Queen on there. Queen is by far my favorite band of all time, I grew up listening to their music but when I first saw the trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody”, I had to see it! I saw it with my mom the second day it was out and walking out of the movie I said ” Rami Malek will win Best Actor for that movie”. Which of course he did, however, I was very shocked it did not win “Best Picture” last night over ‘Green Book’ and other titles. However, Queen fan or not, I highly recommend you see this movie.
Even though I didn’t watch the Oscars last night and am not sure who won I definitely think this movie is above all. When I saw it in theaters I was in awe of how amazing it was. Queen was such an outstanding band that I just love to listen to and I couldn’t be more happier they made a movie about them. It brings their story to life and “opens your eyes” to what went on behind the scenes of their band. Great article, I’m happy Bohemian Rhapsody even just got nominated in the first place!
I have yet to see Bohemian Rhapsody but you raise a point that makes me want to watch this movie the next opportunity I get. Growing up, this was the type of music my dad would play. I wasn’t able to truly appreciate the impact Queen had on my father’s generation. Queen is still a huge influence in today’s society, their impact on pop culture is truly underappreciated and it looks like this movie offers a window into the bands story.
As someone who went to go see this movie I was disappointed to see that it didn’t win best movie. I truly believe that the storytelling of this iconic band’s rise to greatness was portrayed beautifully. It highlighted the high and lows that are hidden from the public eye and how fame and fortune can change a person for the worst. Nevertheless, if you haven’t seen this film you are really missing out…just make sure you save a chunk of time out of your day to watch it… its a lengthy one.
I didn’t watch the Oscars which is totally fine considering everyone was going to post about the highlights, but Bohemian Rhapsody is honestly the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. I grew up listening to like you “hair bands” and so seeing Freddie Mercury and Queen’s story told was great. I cried when he went to clinic even though I already knew the outcome!
Love the tribute, you did a fantastic job. And I LOVE Queen, Freddie Mercury is one of my biggest inspirations as he fully embraced who he was, unapologetically. He existed loudly, despite any ridicule or hate he received, and that is something that will resonate with me forever. I thought this movie did a wonderful job of depicting the band’s story since, as you said for millennials like us, we didn’t really get to experience their journey as a band. So this, as realistically as is it could, portrayed their lives as they experienced this part of their lives together!
I didn’t actually watch the Oscars but I really hope your prediction was right and that this movie won some sort of award! I’ll actually just go look it up to see if it did. I thought it was brilliantly filmed and employed a lot of really good personal narrative. I am glad that there are other people out there that have as much of an appreciation for this band as I do. Thanks for sharing!
Now that the oscars are over, I think it is insane that Bohemian Rhapsody didn’t win best picture. The story of Queen was remarkable and to see how they came up was awesome. This movie was absolutely amazing to watch as I gathered a new appreciation for Queen. It is certainly fitting that Rami Malek won the oscar for best actor because it was well deserved. His portrayal of Freddie Mercury was spot on and a thrill to watch. It is definitely a shocker that this film didn’t take home best picture.
I did not watch the Oscars, but I looked up the awards after. Unfortunately, Bohemian Rhapsody did not win “Best Picture”, but I certainly agree that it should have! This was one of the best movies I had seen that whole year. The emotion that was put into the movie and the awesome performances, it was wonderful. Remi Malek did a wonderful job. I still have been listening to Queen nonstop since watching the movie. Definitely made me cry. Great post!