Rami Malek has been crowned Best Actor at the 2019 Oscars for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

The film, which suffered controversy due to its director Bryan Singer, follows the Mercury’s life from when he joins the band in 1970 to their 1985 Live Aid performance at the former Wembley Stadium in London.

“I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out,” said Malek during his acceptance speech before thanking “everyone who believed in me. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

“My mom 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 but I think he’s looking down on me right now. This is a monumental moment. Thank you Queen… I’m forever in your debt. I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that this might happen to him one day and I think his curly-haired little mind would have been blown.

“To anyone trying to discover their voice, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant we’re longing for stories like this. I’m a first generation American, my story is being written right now.”

“It’s proof we’re looking for a story like this,” he added.

Here’s his winners speech:

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