It is certainly a propitious year for Rami Malek as he bagged the Best Actor prize on Sunday’s 91stAcademy Awards for his transformative performance as the late Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The 37-year-old actor became the 92nd entertainment figure in history to clinch the most coveted honour.
Malek bested seasoned Hollywood stars like Willem Dafoe in “At Eternity’s Gate,” Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book,” Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born,” and Christian Bale in “Vice.”
The lead star in “Mr. Robot” actually encountered stiff competition for the portrayal of Mercury, the frontman of the legendary rock band, Queen.
Maleknearly missed being selected as he had to contend with “Borat” actor Sacha Baron Cohen and “James Bond” films performer, Ben Whishaw.
Speaking in an interview, the newly minted Oscars Best Actor awardee shared that when he took the role of the iconic Mercury, it was an event comparable to “the gun-to-the-head moment.”
Malek cited that, although he found the project terrifying, he said that is was, nonetheless, among those undertakings in his life that proved most satisfying and productive.
During his acceptance speech, Malekobviously appeared astounded as he received the accolade.
He described his family background, mentioning that he is a son of Egyptian immigrant parents.
He thanked his mother, his family, his deceased father, and his supporters who believed in his acting abilities.
The relatives of Malekbased in Egypt were interviewed and expressed their jubilation for the Oscars victory of their kin.
Rami, Malek’scousin who is also his namesake, shared that the “Bohemian Rhapsody” lead star lucidly appreciated acting, though he did not imagine that Malek would become a world-renowned actor.
Malek is now considered as a multi-award-winning actor following his victories from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Golden Globe Awards.
Among his reflections after completing “Bohemian Rhapsody” was that no person can really sing like Mercury.
Malek affirmed that he could not execute outstanding singing that compares to the four-octave vocal range that the Queen’s phenomenal superstar possesses.