Rami Malek thanks ‘beautiful man’ Freddie Mercury in Golden Globes speech

‘Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous’

Rami Malek won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture award at the Golden Globes last night for his performance as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. In his acceptance speech, he thanked the late Mercury for inspiring him.

“I’m beyond moved,” Malek said. “My heart is pounding out of my chest right now. This is a profound honour to receive this and to be counted amongst such extraordinary actors. I’m privileged to be counted among you.” Malek also thanked the members of Queen, who were in attendance at the awards: “To you Brian May, to you Roger Taylor, for ensuring that authenticity and inclusively exists in the music and in the world and all of us.”

But he held out the most thanks for Freddie Mercury himself. “Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime,” he said, adding in a seemingly ad-libbed moment: “I love you, you beautiful man. This is for and because of you, gorgeous.”

Malek was competing against Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased), and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) in the category.

Bohemian Rhapsody went on to win Best Drama at the Golden Globes, beating out films like A Star is Born. It has been seen as a controversial pick given the film’s credited director, Bryan Singer, was fired from the production due to “unreliable behaviour”. Singer, who has previously been the subject of abuse allegations which resurfaced following the #MeToo movement, was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, who was not credited. Malek did not mention Singer during his speech.

Check out Malek’s speech below, and see the full list of Golden Globes winners here.