Rami Malek Hopes Oscar Nominations for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Curb Past Criticism
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The leading man of the Queen biopic additionally talks about landing a Best Actor nod, describing the moment he learned about his nomination as 'a pretty joyous occasion.'

AceShowbiz - Actor Rami Malek has no interest in continuing to discuss the negative reviews of "Bohemian Rhapsody" after the movie musical landed five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

The film, which chronicles the rise of British rockers Queen, has proved to be a big hit with fans and awards season voters alike, despite opening to less-than-ecstatic reviews in October (18), with many critics applauding Rami's performance as late frontman Freddie Mercury, but taking issue with the way the movie glosses over aspects of his bisexuality and his battle with AIDS.

Malek has repeatedly defended the biopic while promoting the project, but now he's had enough, as he simply wants to focus on the plaudits from Academy officials.

"I've honestly talked about that (movie criticism) in the past, and I want to celebrate this award nomination with the cast and the crew (and) everybody that worked so hard on this," he told Entertainment Weekly.

"I'm not dodging the question so much as just...I talked about it over and over and it's already out there. If you want to refer back to that.... I want to use this time to talk about (the Oscar nods). I want it to be a celebratory moment, and I think the movie celebrates Freddie Mercury's life. And that was the story that was on the page."

"Bohemian Rhapsody" also received a Best Actor nod for Rami, marking his first Oscar nomination, and the 37-year-old, who was on location in Paris, France when the shortlist was announced on Tuesday, January 22, confesses he can't quite believe the news.

"It's a once in a lifetime moment...," he gushed. "I'm in Paris working, so I didn't realise it (nominations) was today, because I try never to ask anybody when these moments are. Then the telephone started fluttering away, and it's a beautiful snowy day, so there's something quite magical the way it's happening."

"It's just something you never expect to happen. It's like a distant dream that actors have and hope for to some degree. But it's never really felt in the realm of possibilities - it's a pretty joyous occasion to say the least."

Rami reveals he didn't want to get ahead of himself by dreaming of Oscars recognition after claiming a Golden Globe earlier this month, so it's all very surreal to him: "There's something about hearing the words that you're an Oscar-nominated actor that are still going to be incredibly shocking (sic)," he said. "It's a profoundly humbling moment for me..."

"And this film did so well, we're a Best Picture nominee. I'm just so proud of the work on this (movie)."

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