'Bohemian Rhapsody' film editor responds to Oscar criticism

News 20/03/2019

Film editor John Ottman, who won an Oscar for his work for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' film, says he hates the scene that's currently being used as an example on why he didn't deserve the award.

Whenever I see [the scene] I want to put a bag over my head.

The Queen film had won 4 Academy Awards last month, including Best Film Editing. However, many have pointed out online that there's a scene from the film that featured over 60 cuts in less than two minutes was causing a lot of dizziness for some viewers.

The scene in question can be seen below, where the band meets their future manager, John Reid for the first time.

In a new interview with The Washington Post, Ottman reveals that he was not aware of all the backlash on that scene but he admits that he'd love to rework the scene if he can. He explains that the scene had to be adjusted many times after Bryan Singer took over as the director. Apparently, the scene was filmed during pre-Singer's time, the story had been rewritten and the dialogue filmed for the scene would no longer make sense.

“Oh my God! Wow. I didn’t know about that, but know why that’s out there,” Ottman expresses. “Whenever I see [the scene] I want to put a bag over my head. Because that’s not my aesthetic. If there’s even an extended version of the film where I can put a couple of scenes back, I will re-cut that scene!”

“I haven’t seen Bryan in over three years,” Ottman tells Washington Post. “I know that sounds crazy, but I got to London, and he decided to work it differently this time, where he was going to basically come in after the whole shoot was done and visit me in the editing room and see what I’d put together.”