Egyptian-American Actor Rami Malek took home the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role thanks to his astonishing performance as Queen front-man and legend, Freddie Mercury, in the music biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, beating out Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Christian Bale (“Vice”), Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), and Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”).
“I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out,” Malek said during his emotional acceptance speech. He is the first actor of Arab descent to win Best Actor. The 37-year-old star also won the Golden Globes, SAG-AFTRA and British Academy prizes for his highly acclaimed performance. Furthermore, Malek is now halfway to earning Hollywood’s most prestigious EGOT – an acronym representing the following awards; Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
“We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself,” Malek said during his acceptance speech. “The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”
“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American,” he went on. “And part of my story is being written right now. And I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” Malek’s win also celebrates the 12th time in 17 years that the lead actor Academy Award has gone to the star of a biopic. Recent winners have included Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”),