Rami Malek has said he didn’t sing, play piano or dance, but he managed to transform himself into Queen’s iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury, and nabbed his first Golden Globe as best actor in a motion picture drama for Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The Emmy-winning Mr. Robot star went from playing a paranoid introvert on the USA series to portraying one of the rock world’s loudest game-changing extroverts, musical genius Freddie Mercury, who died at 45 after battling AIDS. The film also won the best motion picture drama trophy.
“My heart is pounding out of its chest right now,” a breathless Malek said as he accepted his award at the 76th Golden Globes Sunday night.
In addition to producer Graham King, who had worked for eight years to bring Bohemian Rhapsody to the screen, along with Denis O’Sullivan and a litany of others, Malek gave a special shoutout to Queen and band members Brian May and Roger Taylor, thanking them for ensuring “that authenticity and inclusivity exist in the music and in the world and in all of us.”
Watch Malek’s speech:
This was Malek’s third Golden Globe nomination and first win.
Other nominees in the category included Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Willem Dafoe for At Etenity’s Gate, Lucas Hedges for Boy Erased, and John David Washington for BlackKklansman.