Clearly, Rami Malek struck a chord with Oscars voters.
Malek won Best Actor at the Academy Awards for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the musical Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” — and shared a powerful message to those trying to find their identities.
“We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself,” Malek said during his acceptance speech Sunday at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. “The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.
“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt. I’m a first-generation American. Part of my story is being written right now,” he continued. “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 Malek’s first Oscar win.
He also thanked Queen for allowing him to be “the tiniest part” of the rock band’s legacy, and ended the speech with a shout-out to his co-star and girlfriend Lucy Boynton.
“You’re the heart of this film,” he said. “You are beyond immensely talented. You have captured my heart.”
Malek also won top acting honors at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards.