Rami Malek paid tribute to the late Mercury, then fell off the stage after picking up the Best Actor prize at the Oscars 2019.
Despite being the frontrunner for Best Actor at the 2019 Academy Awards, Rami Malek looked rather surprised when he found out he'd scored the 2019 Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rapsody. Malek then looked even more surprised after tumbling off the stage at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre.
Appearing in the press room after being checked over by parademics, the 37-year-old actor played it chill, making no comment on his tumble. "The fact that I have this in my hand right now is beyond my expectation that myself or perhaps my family ever could have had."
Embracing co-star and real-life girlfriend Lucy, before taking to the stage, Rami used his first words to thank his family. “My mom is in here somewhere, oh, I love you lady,” he said. “My dad didn’t get to see me do any of this, but I think he’s looking down on me right now.”
Malek made note of the fact that he wasn’t the first actor supposed to portray this role, joking, “I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out.”
Queen and Adam Lambert opened the show with a medley of their biggest hits. Malek went on to thank the late Mercury "for letting me be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy. I am forever in your debt.”
Winning the internet over, he closed his speech by thanking his co-star and real-life partner. “Lucy Boynton, you are the heart of this film. You are beyond immensely talented, you have captured my heart. Thank you so much.”