Another Point for Queen: Rami Malek Wins SAG Award for His Role in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Bianca Miccolis ’21

Features Editor

On Sunday, January 27, Hollywood stars of the latest movies and TV series gathered for the 2019 and 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) in Los Angeles.  This event never receives as much attention as the Golden Globes or Oscars, but most of the selected actors and actresses are also recognized at the Academy Awards.  Among the award winners was Rami Malek, who won “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role” as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” released in theaters on November 2, 2018.  

Also known for his leading role as Elliot Alderson on the TV series “Mr. Robot,” Rami Malek has taken home a few awards since debuting as Queen’s frontman.  In addition to the recent SAG Award acceptance, Malek won the Golden Globe for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture,” the AACTA International Award for “Best Lead Actor,” and the CinEuphoria for “Best Actor – Audience Award” for his performance in the Queen biopic.   

Rami Malek accepting his SAG award,courtesy of WROR

In his acceptance speech of his most recent award on January 27, Malek said, “I thank Queen and Freddie Mercury. I get some power from him that is about stepping up and living your best life and being exactly who you want to be and accomplishing everything you so desire. I feel that, and he allows us all to feel that. So this is again for him.”

Freddie Mercury is considered one of the greatest performers in history.  Queen’s lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor played significant roles in proposing the movie, which began in 2010.  May and Taylor wanted to protect Freddie’s legacy, which is why they were so involved with the process. In an interview, Roger Taylor says, “I think a lot of people they think about Freddie and that the media tend to think of flamboyant … and they remember him for other things and they tend to forget that he was a brilliant musician.”  

“Bohemian Rhapsody” has caused the views on Youtube of Queen’s music videos to increase especially for the title song, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  In November, the song was named the most viewed music video of the 1970s with 671 million views and now has over 827 million views and counting.  Other popular videos include “Don’t Stop Me Now” with 404 million views, “We Will Rock You” with 281 million views, and “I Want to Break Free” with 252 million views.  In addition, subscribers continue to comment everyday. One Youtuber commented, “90% of the comments started 2 month ago” reflecting on the influx of people viewing these videos.  On the video for “Somebody to Love,” another subscriber commented, “The Opening Scene of Bohemian Rhapsody literally brought me down in tears at the theater, when I first watched the movie … God was that the Best movie I’ve ever watched, Hands Down.”  

Alongside Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the Golden Globe for “Best Motion Picture.” In addition, Malek is Oscar nominated for the “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” as well as the movie for “Best Motion Picture.”  The Oscars is scheduled for February 24, 2019.

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