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Rami Wins Best Actor Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Gives Great Speech, Falls Off Stage.

Rami Malek accepting his Oscar for his performance as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Rami Malek made history in more ways than one at last night’s Academy Awards. He gave a rousing, impassioned speech emphasizing his ethnicity as “an immigrant, a first generation Egyptian,” thanked everyone he could think of, and then, when the cameras weren’t rolling, and the show cut to a commercial break, he fell off the stage!

Rami Malek falls off the Oscar stage.

He was treated immediately by para-medics. Who knew that a team of them would be standing by at the Oscars, prepared for eventualities like this? And he was deemed fine and released to go backstage to the Press Room, where he was as crisp as a dry martini, clearly shaken, not stirred.

Rami after his tremendous fall from the Oscar stage, back almost immediately in the Press Room.

The press on “Bohemian Rhapsody” was mixed, to say the least, but always laudatory for his galvanic portrayal of Freddie Mercury. “Bomhemian Rhapsody” also won the most Oscars of the night ~ four. It won for Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.

He did the most politic thing imaginable by thanking what was left of the assembled Press Corps in the Press Room for staying to talk to him and to ask the questions they stayed to ask (see You Tube) and that he wouldn’t have gotten his Oscar without their support, and coverage which was true. Abundantly so. But nobody ever thanks us.

He also noted again in his all-too-brief Q&A that he was the first member of his ethnicity to win the Best Actor Oscar.

And he also made a point in both speeches that he was playing a gay character.

It was also a big night for the LBGTQ community, because there was more queer representation among the award-winning Oscar characters than ever before. Olivia Coleman, who won Best Actress in the biggest surprise upset of the night for her daffy, adorable, despotic dyke of a Queen in “The Favorite”, and Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for playing his gay jazz pianist, Billy Williams in “The Green Book.” Which also won Best Picture.

Olivia Coleman as the mad, bad Queen in “The Favourite”

In fact, all told there was more gay representation than ever before at this year’s Oscar, making it the most gender diverse as well as diverse Oscars in history.

My favorite moment? Rami’s much-deserved win, of course. And I’m also so glad that we only heard about his tumble from the stage later on and that it was not shown as part of the show. I can’t wait to see what Rami does next!

Amazing Rami Malek Will Win Best Actor for His Magnificent Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Rami Malek becomes as iconic as Freddie Mercury himself in “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Sometimes a performance comes virtually out of nowhere to seize Oscar by the throat and win him, and all the Academy Voters over, to the point where his awards triumph is undeniable. Such a rare event will occur on Sunday night when young Egyptian/American actor Rami Malek ascends the stage at the Dolby pavilion to accept his first Oscar( yes, I’m sure there will be others later on in his career)for his magnetic portrayal of the late British rock star Freddie Mercury of Queen in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Rami Malek has already won a slew of awards on his road to the Oscars. He just nabbed Best Actor at BAFTA, following his Golden Globe and SAG, making the young Malek a certifiable lock for the top honor. His performance is one for the ages. He’s just astounding. A man on fire, he never stops moving or compelling and fascinating us. He also almost never stops singing the great QUEEN standards. And guess what? He’s lip-syncing them all. Seamlessly. You can’t tell when Mercury stops and Malek begins, his performance is all consuming. And also consummate.

Malek gives us his quiet, introverted moments as well as his genuine gender confusion about his burgeoning bi-sexuality. Malek does not stint in any way in performing what is surely going to be known as the defining one of his career.

Rami Malek with his Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Drama

Be sure to catch his historic win on Sunday night on ABC-TV. No actor of Middle-Eastern, certainly not of Egyptian heritage, has ever won Best Actor at the Oscars before. This year will be the most diverse Academy Awards yet, I predict.

BAFTAS Confuse Supp. Actress Still Further ~ Rachel Weisz Wins !!

Love Rachel Weisz! Always have. She’s one of the best actresses we have today and yet she’s never won a BAFTA on her home turf of Great Britain. But she did tonight for “The Favourite” for Best Supporting Actress.

Oscar Nominee Rachel Weisz as the dastardly delicious villainess in “The Favourite”

Will she prevail at the Oscars in this very much up-in-the-air category? She’s already won one, again in the Supporting Actress category for “The Constant Gardener” way back when at the beginning of her film career.

She was a slam dunk that year and didn’t really that year and didn’t have much competition, but she does this year from home town favorite Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk.” An African-American actress who was unknown to me until she got this nomination, King has gone on to win both the Golden Globe and the Critics Choice Award. However, she was not nominated for the SAG Award which wonderful Emily Blunt won in a surprise(But not to me) for “The Quiet Place.” King was also not nominated for the BAFTA and tonight Weisz staked her formidable claim for this year’s Supporting Actress trophy.

Very conscious of diversity, King is not the slam dunk she seems because also in this category this year is Mexican actress Marina de Tavira for the film that everyone is tauting as the presumptive Best Picture Winner Alphonso Cuaron’s masterwork “Roma.” She gives a wrenching performance as the distraught, abandoned doctor’s wife, whom Jalitzia Apericio’s nanny, Cleo, is working for. She acts in Spanish AND English and is one of Mexico’s most esteemed and successful actresses. Unlike Jalitza, whose first film this is.

Mexican actress and Oscar Nominee Marina De Tavira of “Roma”

Two Oscar Nominees of “Roma” Jalitzia Apericio and Marina De Tavira

Academy Voters, who have their ballots in their hot little hands right now might just want to give the hotter-than-hot “Roma” an Acting Award, or two, to go with all the accolades they are going to be throwing at Cuaron’s great film. Which might very well help unknowns like Marina De Tavira and even Jaliztia Apericio, too.

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