Rami Malek took home the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 2019 Oscars for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The Oscar triumph came in his nomination and was unsurprising after he won the same awards at the Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and British Academy Film Awards.
Malek beat Christian Bale, who had been nominated for Vice, Bradley Cooper, who had been nominated for a Star was born, Viggo Mortensen, who had been nominated for the Green Book, and Willem Dafoe, who had been nominated At Eternity’s Gate. His triumph was one of five categories where the biopic of Queen and their late frontman was nominated and among four wins including Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and best film.
Editing. The actor spoke about being the son of immigrants, similar to the rock star he played, during his acceptance speech. He praised Mercury for his identity and trust despite being such a presence. This latest award for Malek follows a 2016 Emmy win for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Mr. Robot. The show will continue with its final season later this year. He’s the first Best Actor winner to win the prize through a regular on a TV series.
At the Event he said:
“Kind of the gun-to-the-head moment”. “What do you do? … The scariest endeavours that I’ve chosen to take in my life have been the most fulfilling and rewarding. And this has proven to defend that equation.”