Rami Malek’s recently responded to the news of his Golden Globe nomination, and I’d imagine that the actor is off somewhere singing “We Are The Champions” with his Queen brethren. As he tells it,
For Rami Malek, his Bohemian Rhapsody role was first and foremost a tribute to Freddie Mercury and Queen. Therefore, getting the remaining band members behind his performance was a priority. Malek can consider his mission accomplished, since Brian May and Roger Taylor have been quite vocal about their support regarding his Freddie throughout the development and release of the film.
In his same conversation with EW, Rami Malek talked about how it “means everything to have their support” so it makes a lot of sense that he would be celebrating with none other than the two of them, who he has become quite close to through the making of Bohemian Rhapsody.
While, the backing of the real Queen band may already have Rami Malek over the moon, this Golden Globe nomination certainly makes for a few heaping cherries on top. Despite some early mixed reviews from critics about Bohemian Rhapsody, not many could argue about the true star power Malek emulated as Freddie. The film did magnificently well among audiences, taking home over $551 million worldwide so far.
The film featured some impressive reenactments of Queen’s live performances, including the cast pushing through a 22-minute one shot take of the band’s iconic Live Aid performance from 1985. Rami Malek showed true passion for embodying Freddie Mercury, wanting to delve even deeper into his life than the movie could hold in its run time.
Bohemian Rhapsody is now a Best Picture — Drama contender for the 2019 Golden Globes with Black Panther, BlackKklansman, If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star is Born among its competition. Rami Malek’s Best Actor nomination is also shared with Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born, Willem Dafoe’s van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, Lucas Hedges for Boy Erased and John David Washington for BlackKklansman.
To see if Bohemian Rhapsody rocks it or is another one to bite the dust, tune in to the Golden Globes on January 9, 2019 on NBC.