Audiences Have Powered ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Green Book’ to Major Oscar Contention

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Audiences Have Powered ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Green Book’ to Major Oscar Contention
A Star Is Born” and “Black Panther” were supposed to be the year’s two mass-audience Oscar contenders. Now two more have joined the race — and could surpass them. Golden Globes wins for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” made Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury a real contender for Best Actor, with Peter Farrelly’s 1960s road trip film now seeing a real chance for Best Picture.

Despite lesser critical support for both films, these wins didn’t come out of nowhere. They stemmed from a remarkable amount of public support. Neither has the totals for “Black Panther” (over $700 million domestic), or “A Star Is Born” ($202 million), but they’re looking vital at the box office just as Academy members make their nomination selections.

At $194 million and rising, “Bohemian” hovers close to the Top 10 (it was #11 last weekend) 10 weeks into its release. It’s consistently outstripped expectations, leapfrogging past
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