Rami Malek speaks to his younger self during his Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday.
Malek, who took home the Best Actor statue for portraying Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, was overwhelmed with his win but still made some inspiring remarks.
After thanking his parents, the Academy, “and to the people who took a chance on me every step of the way,” the 37-year-old actor looked back at being a young kid with big dreams.
“I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired mind would have been blown,” he said. “That kid was struggling with his identity.”
Malek added, “We made a film about a gay man and an immigrant who was unapologetically himself.”
He also thanked Queen for letting him be “the tiniest part of your phenomenal legacy, I am forever in your debt.”
“I may not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out,” he joked.
Malek beat out Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Christian Bale (“Vice”), Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”) and Viggo Mortenson (“Green Book”).