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Oscars 2019: Rami Malek becomes first Arab-American to win best actor

Written by FDM

The successor to Gary Oldman, Rami Malek did not hide his emotion when he received the precious statuette, thanks to his interpretation of the rock star Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”. 

On February 24, 2019, the Oscar for best actor went to Rami Malek, awarded by Gary Oldman and Allison Janney, last year’s Oscar winners respectively for The dark hours and I, Tonya.

 His portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody convinced voters at the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as it had already done in previous awards ceremonies like the Golden Globes. Malek thus becomes the first American of Arab descent to win the best actor award.

In his heartfelt speech, the 37-year-old actor paid tribute to his roots as a first generation American from Egyptian immigrants: “Part of my story is being written right now, and I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you.” He described the moment as “something he will treasure for the rest of my life.”