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Rami Malek wins Best Actor Oscar for role in Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek wins Best Actor Oscar for role in Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami as Freddie in Bohemian Rhapsody | Photo: 20th Century Fox

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’.

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.

The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Vice, and Green Book were all up for the award.

What’s more, Queen, fronted by gay popstar Adam Lambert, performed at the Academy Awards.

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