There’s no stopping Rami Malek. Shortly after he scored the best actor award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, the Egyptian-American actor beat out Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen, and John David Washington in the category for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture at the 2019 SAG Awards on Sunday.
Taking to the stage at Los Angeles’s Shrine Auditorium to accept his latest accolade, Malek gave a thoughtful speech in which he pays homage to the Queen frontman. “I thank Queen and Freddie Mercury,” he stated. “I get some power from him that is about stepping up and living your best life, being exactly who you want to be, and accomplishing everything you so desire,” he said. “And I feel that and he allows us all to feel that, so this is, again, for him. Thank you very much.”
The Mr. Robot actor’s new trophy will certainly fit right in with the string of accolades he’s accumulated in the past few weeks for his acclaimed performance in the biopic. Malek also took home the award for Best Actor in a Drama at the 2019 Golden Globes, as well as Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. We just hope he has space in his trophy cabinet — the actor is hotly-tipped to scoop up the best actor award at the Oscars next month.
It’s his first Oscar nomination. He will compete against contenders Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Christian Bale (Vice), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), and Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate). The Queen biopic is also in the running for the Best Picture, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing awards.