Best Actor nominee for “Bohemian Rhapsody” Rami Malek accepts the award for Best Actor during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

Some of Hollywoods greatest stars were vying for Best Actor this evening, as the industry’s most acclaimed took to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles to honour the past year of film. The 2019 Academy Awards has been plagued with controversy this year but no one can take away the talent and achievements of Rami Malek. And with a clean sweep across the entire awards season, the actor nabbed the Oscar for his leading role in Bohemian Rhapsody. 

Up against the likes of Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Willem Dafoe, his win was no surprise but nonetheless sparked a standing ovation across the entire theatre.

With tears rolling down the man himself, co-star and partner Lucy Boyton and the rest of his team, Malek paid tribute Freddie Mercury and the entire cast in a heartfelt speech.

“Oh my god. My mum is in here somewhere. I love you, Lady. My family, thank you for all of this.”

“My dad didn’t get to see me do any of this. I think he’s looking down on me right now. This is a monumental moment and one I am so appreciative to all of you and to everyone who has had a hand in getting me here. To the Academy, to the people who took a chance on me every step of the way. I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out.”

“Thank you Queen, thank you guys for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy. I am forever in your debt. My crew and my cast, I love you, you are my equals – I could never have been here without you. I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him. I think his curly haired, little mind would be blown. That kid was struggling with his identity and trying to figure himself out. I think to anyone struggling with theirs and trying to discover their voice – Listen: We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life unapologetically himself. The fact that I’m celebrating him and his story tonight is proof that we’re longing like stories like this.”

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt. I am a first-generation American. Part of my story is being written right now. And I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you and everyone who believed in me. For this moment, is something I will treasure for the rest of my life. Lucy Boynton: You’re the heart of this film. You are beyond immensely talented, you have captured my heart. Thank you so much.”

I’m not crying, you’re crying. Watch the speech below.