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Rami Malek Dedicated His Screen Actors Guild Award To Freddie Mercury

Rami Malek Dedicated His Screen Actors Guild Award To Freddie Mercury

Rami Malek seems to be collecting awards and nominations like they're going out of fashion this year as the star has snagged yet another award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

The 37-year-old was named 'Best Actor' at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, last night, for his role in the 2018 hit movie Bohemian Rhapsody, and dedicated the award to the man himself.

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Rami said he was 'taken aback' to learn he'd beaten fellow actors Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Viggo Mortensen and John David Washington for the coveted award.

In his acceptance speech he said: "Wow - this just seems extraordinary to me when I look at the actors I'm nominated with, truly.

"I never in my wildest dreams thought I could be in a category with these men and I'm so proud to be one of your peers and to celebrate my peers tonight and be celebrated by them. It's an honour and I'm taken aback by it."

One person in particular he went on thank and dedicate the award to was the late Queen front man, Freddie Mercury.

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Rami Malek Accepts The SAG award for Bohemian Rhapsody. Credit: PA
Rami Malek Accepts The SAG award for Bohemian Rhapsody. Credit: PA

He said: "I get some power from him that is about stepping up and living your best life; being exactly who you want to be and accomplishing everything you so desire,' he said 'And I feel that, and he allows us all to feel that. So, this is for him."

During his speech he didn't forget to also give thanks to his fellow co-stars and the production team - however, he didn't mention Bryan Singer who is currently facing allegations of sexual misconduct.

Rami attended the Los Angeles ceremony with his on and off-screen girlfriend, Lucy Boynton. In Bohemian Rhapsody she portrayed Mercury's long-term partner and friend Mary Austin - Rami and Lucy are said to have started seeing each other during filming.

In order to prepare for his role in the film, Malek is said to have watched Mercury's performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert over 1,500 times on YouTube to nail his own version, and he clearly got something right.

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Credit: 20th Century Fox
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Credit: 20th Century Fox

Recently, at the Golden Globes, Rami took home the award for Best Actor and he's even bagged his first Oscar nomination for the same title.

The film itself took home several Globes, having also been nominated for several BAFTAs, and now it has secured five Oscar nominations.

It looks like this is the year for Rami Malek and the music of Queen.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Rami Malek, TV and Film, UK Entertainment, Queen, US Entertainment

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

 

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