Oscars 2019 : Rami Malek bags the best actor award for Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek won his first Oscar on Sunday for his portrayal of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in musical “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Malek, 37, had emerged as a favorite for the Oscar in recent weeks after winning Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and British BAFTA awards.

A Los Angeles native of Egyptian descent, Malek took on the role of Mercury, born to ethnic Parsi parents from India who moved their family to England when he was in his late teens.

Being neither a singer, dancer nor piano player, Malek did months of research and took voice, movement, piano and guitar lessons in order to capture Mercury’s accent, his strutting stage performances and the way he commanded a microphone.

The closing section of the film recreates almost move by move the Live Aid benefit concert in London where Queen played in July 1985.

Other categories and winners-

Best picture-Green Book
Directing-Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Actress in a leading role-Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Actress in a supporting role-Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Actor in a supporting role-Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Animated feature film-Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Cinematography-Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Costume design-Ruth Carter (Black Panther)
Documentary (feature)-Free Solo
Documentary (short subject)-Period. End of Sentence.
Film editing-Bohemian Rhapsody
Foreign language film-Roma (Mexico)
Makeup and hairstyling-Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia DeHaney (Vice)
Music (original score)-Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther)
Music (original song)-“Shallow” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt (A Star Is Born)
Production design-Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart (Black Panther)
Short film (animated)-Bao
Short film (live action)-Skin
Sound editing-John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Sound mixing-Bohemian Rhapsody
Visual effects-Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm (First Man)
Writing (adapted screenplay)-Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Writing (original screenplay)-Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, PeterFarrelly (Green Book)

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