Rami Malek has won the Best Actor award at the current year’s Golden Globes for his amazing turn with respect to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Malek beat individual chosen people Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased) and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama grant.
“I am beyond moved,” he said when he acknowledged the honor, additionally expressing gratitude toward Freddie Mercury, including: “This is for and because of you, gorgeous.”
Bohemian Rhapsody, in which Malek stars as vocalist Freddie Mercury, also won the gong for Best Motion Picture – Drama.
To get into the job, in addition to the fact that Malek got himself a lot of fake front teeth (revealing to Vanity Fair that they ‘took some time becoming accustomed to’), he also watched Mercury’s 1985 Live Aid Performance more than multiple times on YouTube to get the scene totally spot-on.
What’s more, he nailed it; each hand motion, step, head movement and even the pressing together of his lips coordinates impeccably with Mercury’s during the sequence. Frankly, he could have won the Golden Globe for that alone.
Malek landed on celebrity lane before tonight with Queen guitarist Brian May, who he was also sat alongside throughout the ceremony – and who’s already been busy singing his praises.
“He’s incredible… without doubt, he’ll be on the nominations list for an Oscar – and well deserved as well. He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Really remarkable. 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.”