‘I am the son of immigrants from Egypt’: Arab glory as Rami Malek wins an Oscar

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Malek, 37, has been hugely deferential to his collaborators throughout the process. (File/AFP)
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Malek, who was born to Egyptian immigrant parents in Los Angeles, took to the stage to thank his family, and tell his mother that he loves her. (AFP)
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Rami Malek with his mother. (File/AFP)
Updated 25 February 2019

‘I am the son of immigrants from Egypt’: Arab glory as Rami Malek wins an Oscar

  • Rami Malek won for his performance as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • He is the first actor of Arab descent to win the award

DUBAI: Rami Malek has won the Actor in a Leading Role Oscar for his role as iconic singer Freddie Mercury in one of the Academy Award’s big winners, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Malek, who was born to Egyptian immigrant parents in Los Angeles, took to the stage to thank his family, and tell his mother that he loves her.

“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, I’m a first generation American,” he said in his acceptance speech, before thanking those who believed in him and adding, “this is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

“I may not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out,” the actor said to a room full of laughs, before he thanked Queen and said he was “forever in your debt.”

 

After his Oscar moment on stage, Malek tumbled inside the auditorium, and was checked by a medical personnel.
He appeared fine when he came backstage to answer reporters' questions.
Malek says, "The fact that I have this in my hand right now is beyond my expectation that myself or perhaps my family ever could have had," he said, clutching his Oscar backstage.

Before his big win and during the commercial break after “Bohemian Rhapsody” won Oscars for sound editing and sound mixing, Malek ran from his front-row seat to congratulate the real-life members of Queen who also opened the show with a rousing performace, The Associated Press reported.

Sitting several rows back were guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor when Malek, who played their late lead singer Freddie Mercury, raced over to embrace them.

Malek, 37, has been hugely deferential to his collaborators throughout the process. And when Arab News previously spoke to Malek about his potential win, he remained as respectful as ever.

“I want to say thank you to the Academy for recognizing the work of so many from the cast and crew who made all of this possible, I’m beyond grateful to Graham King, Denis O’Sullivan, 20th Century Fox, New Regency and to Brian May, Roger Taylor and Queen,” Malek told Arab News. 

Malek’s transformative performance has helped bring Mercury to life for a new generation of fans, and, in his eyes, his award wins and nominations are a testament to Mercury’s enduring popularity.




Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. (Supplied)

“I have absolutely treasured playing Freddie Mercury and I am so profoundly humbled and thrilled to honor him this way,” Malek said.

Malek has already won the best actor awards at both the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes for his role in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

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Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas revealed in an interview with Africa News this week that she would “love to” star in Arabic films.

“I just don’t speak the language,” said Chopra Jonas. “I think that I would love to be a part of the film industry anywhere. I love my job and I would learn a new language if I have to.”

The 38-year-old producer, who has a couple of Hollywood flicks under her belt, said she is working on an unscripted series with her husband, the American singer and songwriter Nick Jonas.

“I am developing a show with my husband which is for Amazon. It is based on the Indian tradition of sangeet (a music-filled pre-marriage ceremony),” she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She is also working on a new series for Amazon, produced by the Russo brothers, and a “buddy comedy” with actress Mindy Kaling.

The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the former Miss World has been using her social media platforms over the past few months to raise awareness about the coronavirus pandemic.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chopra Jonas, who started her career 20 years ago, has hosted an Instagram session with doctors and experts from the World Health Organization who answered frequently asked questions about the virus.