Rami Malek Wins "Best Actor" Oscar for "Bohemian Rhapsody"

February 24, 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody was nominated for five Academy Awards, including "Best Picture" and "Best Actor in a Leading Role" with Rami Malek as late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. It faced fierce competition against other heavy-hitters like Black Panther, Green Book, BlackKklansman and A Star Is Born. They were the fan-favorite and the results don't lie.

The film took home Oscars for four out of the five categories it was nominated for:

  • Sound Editing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Editing
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role

In his acceptance speech for "Best Actor," Malek says had plenty of people to thank, especially the members of Queen and Freddie Mercury's courage to unapologetically be himself in all aspects of his life. “To Queen, thank you for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal extraordinary legacy. I am forever in your debt. I may not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out. To my cast and crew, you are my equals, you are my betters. To anyone struggling with theirs and trying to find their voice. We made a movie about a gay man and an immigrant. We are longing for stories like this. I am a son of immigrants from Egypt, I am a first-generation American. Part of my story is being written now.”

The only category Bohemian Rhapsody did not win in was for "Best Picture", which was taken by Green Book.

Photos courtesy of USA TODAY.

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