Los Angeles, Jan 7 (IANS) Actor Rami Malek took home the Golden Globe in Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) category for tracing the life of late singer Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” — which emerged as the Best Motion Picture (Drama) at the 76th annual Golden Globes ceremony here.
Malek 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” to win the honour
“Oh my God, I am beyond moved,” Malek said on stage while receiving the award.
“My heart is pounding out of my chest. This is a profound honour to be counted among such extraordinary actors, I am privileged. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press and to everyone who worked so tirelessly on this film. I have to thank (producers) Graham King and Denis O’Sullivan, you’ve worked over a decade to make sure this story was told. Thank you to 20th Century Fox, you believed in us.”
“I have to thank my mom and my family,” he continued.
“Of course, to 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.”
“The power of movies is that it brings us all together,” said producer Graham King, accepting the Best Motion Picture, Drama award.
“Freddie Mercury and Queen did that so successfully through their music and that’s what we always wanted to accomplish in the cinemas. To see that magic come alive and see the incredible response of this film is truly humbling a Freddie Mercury, thank you for showing us the power of embracing your true self, this one’s for you,” King added.
Apart from the biopic, “Green Book”, based on a true story of friendship and relationship between working class Italian-American bouncer who becomes a driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960’s American South, also emerged as the top winner.
The film was named as the Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Mahershala Ali won Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture trophy and Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie earned Best Screenplay (Motion Picture) honour for the project.
Christian Bale got a Golden Globe in Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) category for “Vice”, and Olivia Colman for “The Favourite”.