The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won best drama at the 76th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night. , Rami Malek won best actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.
“Oh my god, I am beyond moved,” Malek said onstage. “My heart is pounding out of my chest. This is a profound honor to be counted among such extraordinary actors. I am privileged. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press and to everyone who worked so tirelessly on this film. I have to thank [producers] Graham King and Denis O’Sullivan. You’ve worked over a decade to make sure this story was told. Thank you to 20th Century Fox. You believed in us.”
Malek: “I have to thank my mom and my family. Of course, to Queen. To you, Brian May, to you, Roger Taylor, for ensuring that authenticity remains in the world. And to Freddie Mercury, this is for you.”
Malek said: “There’s only one thing we wanted to do and that is to celebrate Freddie Mercury with this film. There is only one Freddie Mercury, and nothing was going to compromise us giving him the love, celebration and adulation he deserves.”
Asked whether Mercury changed him in a particular way, Malek responded: “Very powerfully. … there are aspects of Freddie Mercury that I relate to. You can look at this man and see him step onstage with these incredible individuals and together form this superhero rock god icon status. He is a deity, he is a god. He could hold an audience in the palm of his hand.
“I tried to find the humanity in him,” Malek said. “I related to the nature of him being an immigrant, struggling to discover his identity … looking at that, he lifted me up to be everything I could be on this film.”
Queen guitarist Brian May: “We had this thing that if we didn’t do it with the right people, it would get done wrong by somebody else and it wouldn’t do Freddie justice,” he said. “We found the right people at the right time, or we wouldn’t be standing here.”