Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was the biggest winner of the night at the 91st Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. The film took home four awards, more than any other film, including Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best Actor in a Leading Role, the latter for Rami Malek’s portrayal of Freddie Mercury.
Bohemian Rhapsody was also nominated for Best Picture but lost to Green Book.
“Thank you, Queen. Thank you guys for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy,” Malek said during his acceptance speech. “I am forever in your debt.”
Malek also voiced his gratitude to girlfriend and co-star Lucy Boynton, who played the role of Mercury’s lifelong friend Mary Austin in the film. “You’re the heart of this film,” he told her as he wrapped up his speech.”You are beyond immensely talented. You have captured my heart. Thank you so much.”
In a press conference back stage following the ceremony, Malek told the media “This has been a tough battle and the fact that I’m here is proof that anything is possible. Tonight I’m celebrating with all of you and anyone who has had a dream.”
For the Award for Best Actor, Malek was up against Christian Bale (Vice), Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate) and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book). Last month he took home the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for his role.
Since its release in November, Bohemian Rhapsody has grossed over $900 million in box office sales, making it the top-grossing music biopic of all time. The film is out now on DVD, Blu-ray on Prime Video and on iTunes.