LOS ANGELES [USA]: The Oscar for an actor in the leading role went to Rami Malek for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’
Taking to the stage, Malek said, “I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out.”
“The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this,” Malek said.
The actor beat Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Viggo Mortensen and William Dafoe for the coveted award.
Malek is just the second actor of Arab descent nominated for an Oscar, after “Lawrence of Arabia” star Omar Sharif. Malek is the first to win, reported CNN.
During his acceptance speech, the actor went on to add, “I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American. And part of my story is being written right now. And I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.”.”
The makers of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ too took to their official Twitter account and posted, “A huge congratulations to @ItsRamiMalek on taking home the Oscar for Best Actor. So well deserved! #Oscars.”
In his speech, the did not mention the film’s director, Bryan Singer, who was fired from the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ set for allegations of sexual misconduct, revealed The Hollywood Reporter.
Lady Gaga’s ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star is Born’ won best original song at the 2019 Oscars ceremony. Music and lyrics of the song were given by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, reported The Hollywood Reporter.
Expressing her joy on her first Oscar win, Gaga said, “Thank you to the Academy for this honor. To my sister, my soul mate, I love you.”
Gaga thanked the director of the film and her co-star Bradley Cooper, saying that he is the “only person” who she could have performed the song with.
An emotional Gaga concluded, “I’ve worked hard for a long time and it’s not about winning — it’s about not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it.”
The 32-year-old singer beat out fellow nominees including ‘All the Stars’ (Black Panther), ‘I’ll Fight’ (RBG), ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ (Mary Poppins Returns) and ‘When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings’ (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs).
Gaga had performed ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star Is Born’ as a duet with Bradley Cooper earlier during the show. The 2019 Oscars is taking place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre in Hollywood.
The ceremony was presented hostless for the first time in 30 years after Kevin Hart stepped down as the host following a controversy surrounding his old homophobic tweets. (ANI)