Egyptian-American star Rami Malek dominated last night’s Golden Globes, scoring the best actor award for his acclaimed portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Malek’s brilliant performance was met with formidable competition, nominated alongside Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased), and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman).
His acceptance speech was as enthralling as his performance. The actor thanked attending members of the band Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor, as well as the late Freddie Mercury. “Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous,” Malek confidently roars as he blew a kiss in Mercury’s honor.
Malek’s portrayal of the icon isn’t the only highly praised performance he’s worked on. Starting off as a minor character in Gilmore Girls, he quickly paved the way for more success. His notorious performance as Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series as well as nominations for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.
With all his talent, Malek has become a front contender to scoop up the best actor award at the Oscars happening in February.