No one really saw it coming. And yet, it’s entirely deserved. Bohemian Rhapsody – the incredible biopic of Freddie Mercury and his band Queen’s 1970s rise to worldwide fame – took home Best Motion Picture in the Drama category at the 2019 Golden Globes. Giddily entertaining, Malek gave one of the most electrifying performances as the late performer who sadly passed away of AIDS at 45-years-old.
Today, 37-year-old Malek took home Best Actor (widely suspected to go to Bradley Cooper) and paid tribute to Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor in his acceptance speech, both of whom were in the audience. “Thank you for ensuring inclusivity exists in the music and in the world and in all of us,” Malek said. “Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, Gorgeous.”
Malek beat out Cooper (A Star Is Born), William Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased) and John David Washington (BlaKkKlansman). Bohemian Rhapsody won over Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star Is Born.
During the night, Malek went up to Lady Gaga and was seen almost bowing at her feet as he said goodbye and took his seat nearby for the ceremony.
Australians still have a chance to see the film with it still showing in selected cinemas.