The actor dedicated his Globes speech to Freddie Mercury: “I Love You, You Beautiful Man!”
Rami Malek won a Golden Globe for best actor tonight for his incredible performance as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. He won over Bradley Cooper, Willem Defoe, Lucas Hedges, and John David Washington.
“Oh my god, I am beyond moved,” Malek said at the podium. “My heart is pounding out of my chest. This is a profound honor to be counted among such extraordinary actors, I am privileged. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press and to everyone who worked so tirelessly on this film. I have to thank [producers] Graham King and Denis O’Sullivan, you’ve worked over a decade to make sure this story was told. Thank you to 20th Century Fox, you believed in us.”
“I have to thank my mom and my family,” Malek continued. “Of course, to Queen. To you, Brian May, to you, Roger Taylor, for ensuring that authenticity remains in the world. 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!”
Watch the whole speech here:
The movie is the highest-grossing music biopic of all time and won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, Drama. “Bohemian Rhapsody” chronicles the rise of legendary rock band Queen, with Malek starring as frontman Freddie Mercury. In order to transform into Mercury, Malek sports prosthetic teeth and intensely studied some of Mercury’s most iconic performances in order to nail the singer’s physicality.
For the ceremony, Rami paid tribute to his idol, wearing the same Freddie’s suit:
Malek shared with IndieWire insides about the role last year.“It was mentally and physically exhausting beyond anything I’ve quite endured in the same way. The first season of ‘Mr. Robot’ tested all of my limits as to what my mind and body could endure. This pushed that even further.”
Rami also won the Best Actor trophy at the Palm Springs International Film Festival last week. He confirmed the rumors that he’s been dating his co-star Lucy Boynton during his acceptance speech. “I’m just really honored to be here, so thank you to the Palm Springs Film Festival. It’s a privilege, it’s not lost on me and I’m so appreciative,” he said while accepting the Breakthrough Artist Award. He concluded by saying, “Thank you, Lucy Boynton. You have been my ally, my confidant, my love. Thank you so much.”
Rami Malek saying thanks to Joe Mazzello, Lucy Boynton (his ally, confidant, and his love!!!) and Queen. y’all im crying ?♥️ pic.twitter.com/v7bfJErlYp
— cams ? (@ramithequeen) January 4, 2019
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is now playing in theaters.