If there’s is one actor who has the power to uplift the spirits of the Arab world, it’s Rami Malek! The Egyptian-American has become the first actor of Arabic origin to win ‘The Best Actor’ in Oscars history.
Rami Malek wins ‘The Best Actor’
History was made this week at the 91st Academy Awards when Rami Malek won an Oscar for ‘Best Actor’. The 37-year-old actor won the accolade for his portrayal of Queen’s lead artist, Freddie Mercury in the critically acclaimed film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ beating nominees Bradley Cooper for his role in ‘A Star Is Born,’ Willem Dafoe in ‘At Eternity’s Gate,’ Viggo Mortensen in ‘Green Book’ and Christian Bale in ‘Vice.’
First Arab-origin actor to win the accolade
When called on stage, Rami Malek used his winning moment to speak about his background, as a first-generation American whose family hails from Egypt. He said, ”I am the son of immigrants from Egypt. I’m a first-generation American, and 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’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life.” “The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this,” he added.
Four Oscars for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
As many predicted, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was the biggest winner at the cinema’s biggest night. The biographical film based on the Queen frontman, won four Oscars, for the ‘Best Sound Mixing,’ ‘Best Film Editing,’ ‘Best Sound Editing’ and Rami Malek’s ‘Best Actor,’ alongside a nomination for the ‘Best Picture.’