Rami Malek wins Best Actor for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

movies 25/02/2019

Rami Malek has taken out the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Freddie Mercury in the Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody.

It's the 37-year-old's first Oscar win, having already snagged a Golden Globe for Best Actor earlier this year.

"Oh...oh my God," Malek began, after sharing a celebratory kiss with his Bohemian Rhapsody co-star and girlfriend Lucy Boynton.

"Thank you Queen, thank you for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy.

"I am forever in your debt."

Malek also reflected on his childhood, revealing he struggled with his identity when he was younger.

"To anyone struggling with theirs, and trying to discover their voice, listen. We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself.

"I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, I'm a first generation American," Malek continued, over applause from the audience.

"Part of my story is being written right now, and I could not be more grateful."

Bohemian Rhapsody won four out of the five awards it was nominated for, including Best Actor. The biopic also took out Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing.