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Rami Malek Wins Best Actor Award At This Year's Oscars

Rami Malek Wins Best Actor Award At This Year's Oscars

The actor played Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

Rami Malek has won the Oscar for best actor at this year's Academy Awards.

The 37-year-old actor was awarded the gong for his role as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Rami might be running out of places to show off his awards, though, having already won a BAFTA and Golden Globe for best actor - making tonight's win a rather lovely hat-trick.

In his (slightly adorable) speech, Rami started out by thanking his mum and his family, before saying he believed his dad was watching down on him in this 'monumental moment'.

"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 actor was bookie's favourite for the award, but faced tough 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 was also nominated for a handful of other awards - including the biggie, best picture.

But it's not just the judging panels that have loved Rami, Queen's very own Brian May heaped praise on the actor earlier this year.

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."


It was a well-earned win for Rami, who put his all into 'becoming Freddie' in an interview with PEOPLE, the actor revealed: "It was all in. It was just after that where the weight of it all hit.

"I felt the only way to not 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."

Well, it looks like all the hard-work paid off - congrats, Rami.

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Fox

Topics: TV and Film, Academy Awards, Oscars