Bafta awards: Andy Serkis makes unintentional dig at Queen and Brian May with Freddie Mercury comment

The moment was picked up many people on social media

Jacob Stolworthy
Sunday 10 February 2019 07:01
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Andy Serkis makes unintentional dig at Brian May with Freddie Mercury comment

Bafta viewers were left entertainted after Andy Serkis accidentally criticised Brian May while he was in the room.

The British actor presenting the Best Original Music award alongside his Black Panther co-star, Danai Gurira, when he made the gaffe.

Serkis said: “Film without music would be Laurel without Hardy, like Queen without Freddie Mercury – it’s like Britain without Europe.”

The moment is awkward when taking into account that Queen have been touring for a decade with Adam Lambert in Mercury’s position. What’s more cringeworthy is the fact that May and Rogert Taylor were both present to represent Bohemian Rhapsody, which saw Rami Malek win Best actor.

Many Twitter users highlighted the accidental dig on Twitter.

It was a big evening for the Brits as well as Mexico with The Favourite and Roma winning the majority of the evening’s main prizes.

Other winners included Green Book star Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor, and BlacKkKlansman, which saw Spike Lee take home the trophy for Best Adapted Screenplay.

You can find a full list of winners here.

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