Controversy over Rami Malek winning Oscar for best actor


Fiona Smigiel, Staff Writer

  On Feb. 24, the 91st Academy Awards Ceremony, the Oscars, were held at the Dolby Theatre in California. This ceremony gives awards to actors, actresses, directors, and more. Some of the best movies of the year were included, such as Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody. Some of the actors who won the awards this year were Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman, and Regina King.

  One of the actors who was awarded this year was Rami Malek for his role as Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody. He’s also performed roles in movies such as Mr. Robot, Night at the Museum, and Papillon.

  Malek’s role in Bohemian Rhapsody was one that required the same passion and energy that the esteemed Freddie Mercury had in his performances with his band Queen. Malek seemed to relate a lot to Mercury, both being sons of immigrants of Egypt (Malek) and Tanzania (Mercury). He appreciated Mercury for his confidence and individuality, even though he was a very unique character in his time.

  Malek was unexpectedly surprised at his award, saying, “I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out.”

  Senior Brendan Sheardy was not exactly ecstatic about Malek’s award, either.

  “I think it’s undeserved because there were at least ten or fifteen performances that were a lot more special. They did a lot more than Malek did in Bohemian Rhapsody, especially Bradley Cooper and even Ryan Gosling in First Man, which wasn’t even nominated,” said Sheardy.

  Sheardy claimed that he expected Malek to win even though it is an undeserved award. Malek has been winning a lot of awards as a result of the popular motion picture, including at least five other awards for his role in Bohemian Rhapsody this year, according to IMDb.

  “I like him as an actor and a person, I think he’s a good guy. I’m not mad that he won, but the movie was factually incorrect, destroying the legacy of Freddie Mercury. I am excited for Malek to do more, though,” Sheardy stated.

  Malek’s award was expected by most film critics even though the film emotionally manipulated the facts of Freddie Mercury’s diagnosis of the AIDs virus. Mercury was diagnosed in 1985 in the film, but in his real life, he was diagnosed in 1991.

  Regardless of the factual misunderstandings and disagreeance on his award, Rami Malek had some big shoes to fill in his role as Freddie Mercury.