Rami Malek acknowledges Freddie Mercury’s sexuality while accepting the Oscar, though it was not explicitly shown in the film

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Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek has officially been named best actor at the Oscars for the role of the legendary rock singer Freddie Mercury in the partly-fictional biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Malek, who at one point downplayed that Mercury was a “gay icon,” finally called him a “gay man” as he was accepting the award. Though Freddie Mercury was not 100% gay (as he was attracted to both men and women, it would be more correctly to call him bisexual or sexually fluid), his relationships with men played much more important role in his life than it was shown in the film, and Malek noted in a speech that the modern movie industry needs more such stories. “I think to anyone struggling… we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself. The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this,” said the actor. Many Twitter users praised the actor’s speech and for focusing on something that was completely neglected by filmmakers.

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