Rami Malek Is Favourite To Win Best Actor At Oscars 2019
He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, then he went and picked up the BAFTA for the same thing - so it only seems right that Rami Malek should go all in and pick up the gong for Best Actor at the Oscars.
It seems highly likely that this will happen too, judging by the odds which place the Bohemian Rhapsody actor as the front-runner to collect the award.
Alongside Malek, the other nominees in the Best Actor category are Bradley Cooper for his role in A Star Is Born, Christian Bale for Vice, Viggo Mortensen for his performance in Green Book and Willem Dafoe for An Eternity's Gate.
According to Ladbrokes, Malek is now just 1/7 to win the category with Bale currently standing at 11/2. Bradley Cooper comes in at 20/1 while both Dafoe and Mortensen are at 100/1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's looking increasingly likely Rami Malek's exceptional performance as Freddie will see him pick up yet another Best Actor gong."
While Malek looks set for personal glory, Bohemian Rhapsody doesn't seem to have much of a shot in the Best Picture race, with the odds placing it at 16/1 to win, level with The Favourite and behind Roma (4/7) and Green Book (11/4).
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Judging by Malek's previous speeches, it seems a dead cert that - if he wins - he will dedicate the Oscar to his character in the film, the late Freddie Mercury.
Malek calls taking on the role a 'monumental task' whereby he worked with Mercury's fellow Queen band members, Brian May and Roger Taylor.
Brian May, Queen guitarist, gave his blessing to the film - and said Malek deserved to be nominated for an Oscar for his 'remarkable' performance.
Speaking to the Press Association, he said: "He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Really remarkable.
"He's incredible... Without 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."
Good luck, Rami.
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