While the movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ might have stretched the facts a bit for drama and effect, it hasn’t stopped the movie from breaking box office records for a musical, and bringing it’s lead actor, Rami Malek, accolades.
The Hollywood award season got off to fast start last night (Sunday), with the Queen biopic named best drama at the 76th Golden Globe Awards. Malek won best actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury. He beat out Bradley Cooper in “A Star is Born,” John David Washington in “BlacKkKlansman,” Lucas Hedges in “Boy Erased” and Willem Dafoe in “At Eternity’s Gate.”
Malek was sincere in his appreciation and seemed genuinely shocked by the win: “Oh my god, I am beyond moved. My heart is pounding out of my chest. This is a profound honor, and I am privileged,” he added, “I have to thank 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.”
Asked whether playing and researching Mercury changed him, 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 could hold an audience in the palm of his hand, and I tried to find the humanity in him.”
Queen guitarist Brian May, who was in the audience, said, “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.”
May also spoke about the mixed critical reviews the movie received upon release. “To be honest the mistake some of the critics made was to review the trailer and then jump to conclusions,” he said. “A couple of them have rather graciously said, ‘Actually, we were wrong.'”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” has become the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time, bringing in a huge $700 million at the worldwide box office.