Rami Malek Wins Best Actor at the Oscars: "I Know I Wasn't the Obvious Choice, But I Guess It Worked Out"

Malek takes home his first Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody

By Lauren Piester Feb 25, 2019 4:00 AMTags
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"Oh, oh my god." 

Rami Malek just took home the award for Best Actor at the 2019 Oscars for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, and he was all about the love up there on his stage. He loves his mom, he loves his cast, he loves Freddie Mercury, he loves Queen, and he really does love costar and girlfriend Lucy Boynton

"Lucy, you're the heart of this film. You are beyond immensely talented. You have captured my heart," Malek said at the end of his adorable acceptance speech, during which he also thanked the producers for taking a chance on him. "I know I wasn't the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out." 

Malek also opened up about what it was like growing up as an immigrant trying to find his place in the world, and what Freddie Mercury's legacy meant to him. 

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"I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him," he said. "And I think his curly-haired little mind would be blown. He was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out. And I think 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 just unapologetically himself. 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, a first-generation American. And part of my story is being written right now. 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 something I will treasure for the rest of my life." 


Malek was up against Christian Bale in Vice, Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born, Willem Dafoe in At Eternity's Gate, and Viggo Mortensen in Green Book in his category, and this was his very first Oscar nomination. 

For a recap of the 2019 Oscars, watch E! News tonight at 7 p.m.!