Bohemian Rhapsody editor John Ottman received quite a bit of backlash after the film took home the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. Now, the Oscar-winning editor has addressed the viral mocking over one specific scene, and it looks like he just might agree with the fans on this one.
However, some people are angry at one of the Queen biopic’s wins because they think it was undeserved.
Many viewers are outraged that the film won the Best Editing award and are using a specific scene from the film to prove their point. You can watch the scene they’re referring to in the tweets below.
— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) February 25, 2019
The scene in question contains 60 cuts in under two minutes, making it hard to watch without getting a bit dizzy.
According to The Washington Post, the restaurant scene was one of the few shot by Dexter Fletcher shortly after previous director Bryan Singer was fired.
The storyline ended up getting re-ordered, making the original dialogue in the scene no longer make sense.
John Ottman was under a strict time constraint and pressure to make the first act of the film move quickly.
Feedback from test audiences who viewed the film mentioned that they wanted more of the band’s early days, so Ottman went back and slowed a few of those scenes down.
Due to those time restraints however, he didn’t have time to go back and recut the currently-mocked scene, and it looks like he regrets it.
After The Washington Post revealed the viral complaints to Ottman, he had this to say:
“Oh my God! Wow. I didn’t know about that, but I know why that’s out there. Whenever I see [the scene], I want to put a bag over my head. 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 will recut that scene!”
What did you think of the whiplash-inducing scene? Do you think the award was deserved? Sound off in the comments below!
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