While "Bohemian Rhapsody" takes considerable liberties with the group's history, the power of the band's music and a spellbinding performance from Rami Malek (who portrays Mercury) have overshadowed most of the criticism.
Besides best picture and best actor nomination recognition, "Bohemian Rhapsody" has also been nominated at the 91st annual Academy Awards in the Best Film Editing (John Ottman), Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing categories.
Taking the stage to accept his award, Malek drew parallels between his and Mercury's real-life experiences in coming to grips with their personal identities and finding their voices as artists. "I'm a first-generation American, and part of my story is being written right now", he said to applause.
Malek, 37 been hugely deferential to his collaborators throughout the process.
I might not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out.
In a bid to keep the ceremony under three hours, the Academy also revealed that there would not be live performances of the nominated original songs, and that four categories would not be presented live on air. He won an Emmy in 2016 for his performance in the TV show Mr. Robot.
Find out if Malek wins the coveted Oscar on ABC. Singer was sacked from the film during production, though not because of the misconduct claims.