Last night saw the 91st Academy Awards, with the Oscars 2019 returning to LA’s Dolby Theatre, bringing award season to a close.
But it wasn’t Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s show stopping duet of ‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born or Olivia Colman’s hilarious acceptance speech for the leading actress gong that got everyone talking. Instead, it was Rami Malek’s literal fall off the stage after his best Oscar win.
The 37-year-old won the award for his role as Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, beating acclaimed actors from Christian Bale to Bradley Cooper to take home the gold statue.
‘Lucy, you’re the heart of this film,’ Malek announced to his leading lady and IRL girlfriend, Lucy Boynton. ‘You are beyond immensely talented. You have captured my heart.’
He then went onto sing the praises of his cast, announcing: ‘I love you, you are my equals, you are my betters’.
But it wasn’t his sweet words that made the most news. Instead, it was what happened afterwards, with the actor falling off the stage after his speech.
Rami seemed uninjured but was checked over by medical professionals in the front row of the venue before being moved to a private area backstage.
And while he was forced to miss the first half of the traditional acting awards photographs alongside the Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best supporting Actor winners, he joined them later after getting the all-clear.
Making no reference to the fall, Rami announced to reporters: 'The fact that I have this in my hand right now is beyond my expectation that myself or perhaps my family ever could have had.'
What an eventful Oscars!
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