Bohemian Rhapsody went four-for-five at this years Academy Awards. The film won more awards than any other film.
The movie won for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best Actor, for Malek’s uncanny portrayal of the late Queen front-man, Freddie Mercury. The film only faced one loss the whole night, losing out the Oscar for Best Picture to the Viggo Mortensen-Mahershala Ali starrer, Green Book.
Malek is the first actor of Arab descent to win an Oscar – he is the second actor of Arab descent to be nominated for one, the first being Omar Sharif, the star of Lawrence of Arabia.
“To anyone trying to discover their voice, listen – we made a film about a gay man and immigrant who lived his life unapologetically himself,” he said, in his acceptance speech, adding: “The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”
“I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American. And part of my story is being written right now. And I could not be more grateful to each and every one of you, and everyone who believed in me for this moment. It’s something I will treasure for the rest of my life,” he added.
While there was a lot of positive reactions flooding the internet, a good number of negatives were in there as well. Take a look at some of the reactions to Bohemian Rhapsody winning on Twitter:
Bohemian Rhapsody literally just got an Academy Award for sound editing for putting Queen songs in a Queen movie
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) February 25, 2019
*anytime bohemian rhapsody wins* pic.twitter.com/fhsvneLvcT
— David Mack (@davidmackau) February 25, 2019
the thing is, Freddie Mercury would have liked The Favorite so much better than Bohemian Rhapsody
— Lindsay Zoladz (@lindsayzoladz) February 25, 2019
when bohemian rhapsody wins anything tonight pic.twitter.com/92vKm9m8Pg
— Tabir Akhter (@tabir) February 25, 2019
listen. can we just find a way to give an oscar to the actual band QUEEN so we dont have to keep giving them all to bohemian rhapsody
— jonny sun (@jonnysun) February 25, 2019
I’m very confused at Bohemian Rhapsody winning things
— Ivie Ani (@ivieani) February 25, 2019
bohemian rhapsody won all the Oscars Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia 2 Here We Go Again should have won
— Sophia Benoit (@1followernodad) February 25, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the most financially successful films of 2018. The movie earned over $850 million at the box office, more than 17 times its reported $50 million production budget. It also helped push Queen back into the limelight, with the film’s titular song reentering the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time since 1992 (propelled by the film, Wayne’s World).