Following up his with his Golden Globe success, Rami Malek has been nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars for his role in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
The announcement was made earlier this afternoon, with Christian Bale (Vice), Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate) and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) also nominated.
This comes just weeks after Malek won the Best Actor award at this year’s Golden Globes for his incredible performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
“My heart is pounding out of my chest right now,” Malek said while accepting the award. “Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this incredible recognition.”
Malek also thanked the band in his speech:
“To Queen. To Brian May, to you, to Roger Taylor, for ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity existed in the music and 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.”
One of the standout scenes in the film comes when Malek recreates the British band’s iconic Live Aid performance.
Speaking on trying to replicate the legendary Live Aid performance, Rami Malek said:
“That’s something we tried to get move for move, even just gesture for gesture perfectly.
It felt like I had it in my bones and I didn’t want to keep going back to it. It felt like sometimes you would lose a little bit of the authenticity if you tried to nail it so perfectly.
Things won’t exactly always match up, there might be a hint of something that’s off, but I think that kept it feeling really alive and in the moment and it was better to sacrifice it that way, but yeah, I was watching it non-stop.“
The comparison between the film and the original had people amazed:
Now we’ll have to wait and see if he adds an Oscar to his Golden Globe!
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