Queen and Adam Lambert will rock the Oscars next weekend, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday.
The Academy tweeted:
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 18, 2019
The announcement comes as Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about Queen’s late frontman Freddie Mercury, garners critical acclaim. The film is up for five awards, including best picture and best sound mixing. Rami Malek, who plays Mercury, has been nominated for best actor in a leading role.
The film also took home a couple of Golden Globes last month including best picture, drama. Two present-day and original members of Queen – guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor – and the band’s manager, Jim Beach, are all listed as producers on the biopic.
This is the latest development in a bumpy path to the 91st Academy Awards ceremony. Kevin Hart stepped down as host in December after facing criticisms over a series of years-old homophobic tweets that resurfaced. Then, it was announced that the Oscars will not have an official host for the first time since 1989.
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