Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek has been named the Best Actor at the Golden Globes; one of the major awards in the 76th annual ceremony at The Beverly Hilton in California.
Malek went up against the fan favorites; Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”), Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased”), and John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”).
He won for his performance as rock icon Freddie Mercury in the British band “Queen” in the highly-acclaimed blockbuster “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The iconic film, which was directed by Brian Singer, also won the Best Motion Picture award in the drama category.
“Oh my god, I am beyond moved,” Malek said; accepting his first Globe trophy.
“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. And to Freddie Mercury, this is for you.”
“I tried to find the humanity in him,” he said. “I related it to him being an immigrant struggling to discover his identity. I tried to take everything he was struggling with, his complication, his chaos, his turmoil and this beauty inside of him. He lifted me up to be everything I could be in this film,” he added.