Rami Malek, who plays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, was named Best Actor at the Oscar’s on Sunday (24 February).
Bohemian Rhapsody, which charts the rise to fame of the late, bisexual musician and his band, was nominated for five Oscars.
It is the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time.
‘We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically as himself’ Malek told the audience in his acceptance speech.
He said the Oscar win was ‘proof that we are longing for stories like this’.
In a heartfelt speech, Oscar winner Rami Malek praises his mom, says he knows his dad is looking down on him, thanks Queen, and says the world “is longing for stories” about people being “unapologetically” themselves.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 25, 2019
The biopic also took home awards in sound editing, sound mixing, and film editing. The Golden Globes, SAF, and the BAFTAs have already recognized Malek for the role.
The film has been incredibly well-received commercially. But, some critics say it fails to examine Mercury’s queer identity in any meaningful or nuanced ways.
Queerest Oscars yet
The 91st Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
A slew of films with LGBTI characters, actors, writers, and directors were up for awards at the 91st Acadamy Awards.
For the first time, more than half of the Best Picture nominations include LGBTI characters or actors.
What’s more, Queen, fronted by gay popstar Adam Lambert, performed at the Academy Awards.