The nominees are, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Willem DaFoe, Rami Malek and Viggo Mortensen. And the Oscar goes to…Rami Malek.
The 37-year-old actor took home the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. That role was the portrayal of Freddie Mercury, the frontman for Queen, in the motion picture Bohemian Rhapsody.
As the actor took the stage to accept his award, he first thanked his mother and his later father for his success.
“My mom is in here somewhere,” Rami said. “Oh, 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—one I’m so appreciative to all of you, to everyone who has had a hand in getting me here.”
He went on to thank the band, Queen, for which he played the lead singer.
“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,” he added.
But it was when Rami started talking about his childhood years and struggling with his identity that the actor passionately pulled at the heartstrings.
“I think about what it would’ve been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him,” the actor shared. “And I think his curly haired little mind would’ve been blown. That kid he was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out. I think to anyone struggling with their’s and are trying to discover their voice, listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself. The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this. I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, I’m 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. It is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.”