Freddie Mercury once again won an award!
But this time, it is not the Freddie Mercury the singer but the guy who portrayed him in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Rami Malek, the 37-year-old actor who gave us an outstanding performance has won the Oscar for best actor at this year’s Academy Awards.
Having already won a BAFTA and Golden Globe for best actor for the role, Rami Malik might be running out of shelf space to keep his trophies, but he’s not complaining.
In his acceptance speech, Rami Malik started by thanking his mother and his family. He then went on in saying that his late dad is watching over him from heaven during this ‘monumental moment.’
I’m not crying; you are!
“I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out,” he joked.
Then went on to address Brian May and Queen saying he was ‘forever in your debt.’
The talented actor’s win is a not an easy one as he faced fierce competition from Bradley Cooper for his role in A Star Is Born, Christian Bale in Vice, Viggo Mortensen for his performance in Green Book and Willem Dafoe for An Eternity’s Gate.
The film, Bohemian Rhapsody, was also nominated in other awards – including the biggest Academy Award, the Best Picture.
The film has earned salutations and praised not only from spectators and the Academy judges. Queen’s member Brian May also praised the actor this year.
“He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Remarkable.
“He’s incredible… without a doubt, he’ll be on the nominations list for an Oscar – and well deserved as well.
“We’ve lived with this project for nine years, and it’s incredible to see it doing so well. It came out to shitty reviews, as some of our work has before, but the public has embraced it magnificently.
“Everybody gave 200 percent, from the actors and technicians to the production team and hair and make-up, everyone. You don’t get any lukewarm responses. The guy who plays me should be getting awards all over.”
This is a very much-deserved win for the actor, who said he put his all into ‘becoming Freddie’ and embodying the talented singer’s character and essence.
“It was all in. It was just after that where the weight of it all hit.
“I felt the only way not to have the pitfall of making it such a pressure-filled situation was to dive in wholeheartedly into all things Freddie, and go to London, take some piano lessons, singing lessons, do some movement coaching, and give it all I have, ” he said.
Congratulations, Rami! /apr