Rami Malek against all odds bagged the Oscar for best actor at the 91st Academy Awards for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody and Olivia Colman won the best actress Oscar for essaying the role of Queen Anne in the movie The Favourite.
Malek defeated strong contenders including Bradley Cooper as musician Jack Maine in A Star Is Born and Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Vice while Olivia had to face competition from Lady Gaga in 'A Star is Born; and Yalitza Aparicio in Roma.
In his speech, Malek dedicated his success to his parents. Addressing his mother who was present at the auditorium he said, “I love you, lady” and then expressed his belief that his father would be “looking down on me right now”.
Colman stunned the audience when she said, “this is hilarious! I’ve got an Oscar!” She went on to give an emotional speech and described her journey to the Oscars “genuinely quite stressful.”Malek also praised his fans and audience for bestowing love on a movie about minorities. Malek described the movie as “A film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically as himself.
GOOD NIGHT pic.twitter.com/xH7xYPBmaP— OLIVIA COLMAN’S OSCAR (@fltwdmc) February 25, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British rock band Queen. The movie narrates the tale of Mercury's life from when he joins the band in 1970 to their 1985 Live Aid performance. Mercury died in 1991 from Aids-related illness and his band hosted a tribute concert for him.
The Favourite is a historical period black comedy-drama set in early 18th century England. The story explores the relationship between two cousins vying to be court favourites of the erratic monarch, Queen Anne.