It looks like Rami Malek celebrated his 2019 Oscars win too hard! Following his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, the 37-year-old was photographed accidentally falling off the stage and into the audience as the show concluded on Sunday, February 24.
Rami fell so hard to the ground that paramedics were called to treat the actor who was then moved into a chair in the front row and then into a more secluded area backstage. Thankfully, his Oscars trophy also survived the fall and others were around to help the Mr. Robot star up.
While things could have been much worse, Rami luckily did not show any signs of a serious injury considering he gushed about taking home the award he was honored with in the press room after the incident. “The one thing I can say about this, as an actor, there are so many of us who dream of one thing,” the brown-haired hunk told reporters following his medical evaluation. “Perhaps it’s not this, it’s just getting a job. The fact that I have this is beyond any expectation that myself or my family could have ever had. I’ll just say that.”
The category’s underdog added, “This has been a tough battle and the fact that I’m here is proof that anything is possible. Tonight I’m celebrating with all of you and anyone who has had a dream.”
After his name was announced for Best Actor, Rami passionately kissed his Bohemian Rhapsody costar and girlfriend Lucy Boynton. As if that moment wasn’t cute enough, the Night at the Museum actor also gushed about the people who helped him get to where he is today. “My mom is in here somewhere, I love you. I love you, lady,” he said as he accepted the award. “My family, thank you for all of this. My dad didn’t get to see me do any of this, but I think he’s looking down on me right now. This is a monumental moment.”
Rami continued to thank others who had a pivotal role in the film. “I’m so appreciative to all of you, to everyone who has had a hand in getting me here. To the Academy, to people who took a chance on me every step of the way. Graham King, [producer] Denis O’Sullivan, everyone at Fox and New Regency, thank you guys so much,” he said while beaming. “I might not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out. Thank you, Queen. Thank you guys for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy. I am forever in your debt.”
Wrapping up his speech, Rami gave a sweet shoutout to his leading lady who played the role of Freddie’s former fiancée Mary Austin in the musical film. “Lucy Boynton, you’re the heart of this film,” he concluded as the 25-year-old teared up in her seat in the front row. “You are beyond immensely talented you have captured my heart. Thank you so much.”
It’s been a successful award season for the actor who took also home honors at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Speaking to an audience at Cinemacon in April 2018, Rami admitted that he never expected to be showered with so much acclaim for a role that gave him international fame. “When I got this role, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this could be a career-defining performance.’ And about two minutes later I thought, This could be a career killer.” It was definitely anything but that — congrats on your Oscar, Rami!