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Rami Malek thanks Freddie Mercury in his acceptance speech at 2019 Golden Globes

ANI | Updated: Jan 07, 2019 21:49 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan 7 (ANI): Rami Malek, who won big at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, delivered a heart moving speech and heaped praise on late singer Freddie Mercury whom he portrayed in the film 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'
The actor won for his celebrated portrayal of 'Queen' frontman Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' The award was presented to Malek by Richard Gere and Julianne Moore.
In his acceptance speech, the actor praised the band Queen and especially Mercury, reported E! Online.
Malek began his speech by saying, "I am beyond moved right now. My heart is pounding out of my chest right now."
He went on to thank Queen's guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor for ensuring that "authenticity and inclusivity exist in music and in the world and all of us."
Malek paid homage to the 'Don't Stop Me Now' singer who died in 1991 at the age of 45 due to complications from AIDS.
"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." he continued
Malek spoke to Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet before the show and told him that he believes he was cast because of the "mischief I have going on in my eyes."
'Bohemian Rhapsody' co-star Joseph Mazello told E! News in September that Malek's transformation into Mercury was absolutely unbelievable and jaw-dropping.
"I got goosebumps because he just embodied him so perfectly. It was a crazy thing to know someone so well and just be who are you?" he said.
The 'Mr. Robot' actor also said that he believes Mercury, who was born Farrokh Bulsara, would have been proud of the film if he saw it today.
"I think he would genuinely just hope that people enjoyed it, that they loved the music, that he felt like we captured these characters and his essence well enough and close enough," he said.
Moments after Malek accepted the honour, the rest of the cast of the film also joined onstage as they accepted the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Drama.
It was an extremely stacked line-up in the category for Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama at the award night but Malek went home with the award and beat out some talented competitors.
The other nominees were Bradley Cooper in 'A Star Is Born', Willem Dafoe in 'At Eternity's Gate', Lucas Hedges in 'Boy Erased' and John David Washington in 'BlaKkKlansmen'.
Hedges and Washington both earned their first-ever nomination for their respective films.
For the unversed, Rami Malek portrayed the role of Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. The 2018 biographical film about the British rock band 'Queen' that followed singer Freddie Mercury's life from his joining the band in 1970 to their Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985 took away top honours after being declared Best Motion Picture Drama as well.
The Golden Globe Awards was hosted by Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg and Killing Eve's Sandra Oh. (ANI)