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The Queen smashing biopic movie Bohemian Rhapsody just received five Academy Awards nominations this morning: one in the Best Picture category, with Rami Malek receiving a Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination for his performance as Freddie Mercury.  The film also received nominations in technical categories for Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

The movie who has caught the public’s attention since it went on screens last November it’s not stranger to success: It’s brought in an estimated 774.3 million USD globally at the box office thus far, took home the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama for Malek and has also been nominated for seven BAFTAs.

During his Best Actor acceptance speech at the 76th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Rami Malek thanked both Brian May and Roger Taylor, who both attended The Beverly Hilton ceremony. Saying he was “beyond moved” to get the award, 37-year-old Malek added: “To you, Brian May, to you, Roger Taylor, for ensuring that authenticity and inclusivity exist in the music and in the world and in all of us.”

Dedicating the honour to Freddie Mercury, he added: “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.”

Malek – who has been universally praised for his portrayal of the band’s charismatic singer – will be up against Christian Bale (Vice), Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate) and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book).

The 91st Academy Awards will be presented on Feb. 24 from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with the telecast beginning 8PM on ABC.


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