Queen flick Bohemian Rhapsody has taken the prize for Best Motion Picture – Drama at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
It managed to beat a handful of strong fellow nominees, which also included Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, If Beale Street Could Talk and, of course, A Star is Born – which was hotly tipped to win.
Bohemian Rhapsody stars Rami Malek as the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, along with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers. It follows the story of the epic band’s rise to fame, quarrels, taking in Freddie’s relationship with Mary Austin, his AIDs diagnosis and Queen’s iconic Live Aid performance in 1985.
It was given the seal of approval from Queen guitarist Brian May – who attended the ceremony this evening alongside Malek – who referred to Malek’s performance as ‘incredible’ in an interview with the Press Assocation, also saying he deserved to win an Oscar for it.
“He inhabited Freddie to the point where we even started to think of him as Freddie. Really remarkable,” he said.
“We’ve lived with this project for nine years and it’s incredible to see it doing so well. It came out to shitty reviews, as some of our work has before, but the public has embraced it magnificently,” May added.
“Everybody gave 200 percent, from the actors and technicians to the production team and hair and make-up, everyone. You don’t get any lukewarm responses. The guy who plays me should be getting awards all over.”
Malek also won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, which is hardly surprising, given just how incredible his turn as Mercury was.
To get into the role, Malek got himself a set of fake front teeth, telling Vanity Fair: “I asked to have the teeth almost a year prior to filming, even though I didn’t know if we were going to do the movie or not.
“It took some time getting used to. I wanted to be comfortable with them on as much as I could, because it was difficult to talk with them on, let alone sing with them.”
But as well as that, he also watched Mercury’s 1985 Live Aid Performance over 1,500 times on YouTube to get the scene absolutely spot-on. Naturally, he totally nailed it, insuring every hand gesture, step, head movement and even the pursing of his lips matches up perfectly with Mercury’s during the sequence.
What a legend – a well-deserved win!