Rami Malek Wins ‘Outstanding Performance’ Award for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at SAG Awards

Rami Malek is getting close to that Academy Award win for his performance as Freddie Mercury in the Queen film, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’

Malek won the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his turn in Bohemian Rhapsody  Sunday (Jan. 27) at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“I thank Queen and Freddie Mercury…I get some power from him that is about stepping up and living your best life, being exactly who you want to be, and accomplishing everything you so desire,” he said as he accepted the award. “And I feel that and he allows us all to feel that, so this is, again, for him. Thank you very much. ”

Afterwards, Malek, 37, shared a story of how he coped trying to get noticed as a struggling actor.

“I used to tape my headshot and resume to pizza boxes and if anyone seemed even remotely involved in the industry, I was taping them up and sending them out for years,” said Malek. “I was dying to get a role as an actor. This is more extraordinary than I could ever have expected in my life.”

Since its release in November, the film earned over $900 million in the world box office. It is currently available via streaming services.

The 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on TNT and TBS.

Fans of Queen can celebrate the win Feb. 16 at the Paramount Theatre when the band, Almost Queen, performs in Asbury Park.