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25th Feb 2019

One scene from Bohemian Rhapsody is making everyone wonder how it won Best Editing

Carl Kinsella

Surely there’s a difference between Best Editing and just… lots of editing?

Last night’s Oscars ceremony was plenty controversial, and at the heart of several of those controversies lay Bohemian Rhapsody — the Freddie Mercury biopic.

Rami Malek took home the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Mercury, a surprising decision to be sure, but the real shock came when the film won Best Editing.

A box office smash though it may have been, Bohemian Rhapsody was not a particularly artful film, and the project changed hands from director Bryan Singer to Dexter Fletcher more than halfway through.

One scene from the film has since gone viral on social media, with one commentator adding a counter to show that the moment features no less than 50 cuts in 77 seconds — meaning that the camera angles changes more than once every two seconds.

Quite simply: wtf?

Warning: this video might give you whiplash.

We especially like the reaction shots to the reaction shots. You don’t see enough reactions these days.

Of course, Bohemian Rhapsody‘s 11th hour; the breath-by-breath perfect recreation of the band’s performance at Live Aid, is probably what really won it for the editing team.

The 20-minute long scene was a showstopper and probably what most people remembered about the film.

But it’s still a bit hard to take that a film with the above scene could really win a prize for Best Editing — let alone a bloody Oscar.