THAT'S A RHAP: Rami Malek (third from left) played Queen's Freddie Mercury. Photo: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS

Even in death the late frontman for Queen, Freddie Mercury, has proven that he’s still got that special kind of magic.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic, snagged the coveted Best Motion Picture - Drama award at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

The film was a surprise winner of the prestigious accolade, snatching the honour ahead of Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, If Beale Street Could Talk and A Star is Born, much to the shock of executive producers Graham King and Jim Beach, who accepted the award.

King said: “Wow, now, that was unexpected. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. That’s amazing.

“The power of movies is that it brings us all together. Freddie Mercury and Queen did that so successfully through their music and that’s what we always wanted to accomplish in the cinemas. To see that magic come alive and to see the incredible response of this film has been truly humbling to everyone. I want to thank everyone.”


He thanked Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor and, after praising Rami Malek’s “unbelievable” performance as Mercury, he closed his speech by dedicating the win to Mercury, who died in November 1991.

Malek, who also won the Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama award, said he was “beyond moved” to have taken the prize ahead of Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased) and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman).

He said: “My heart is pounding out of my chest right now.”


Korean-Canadian Sandra Oh, who won for her supporting role in Grey’s Anatomy in 2006, also won for her role as a Brit spy in Killing Eve. This makes her the first Asian actor to win more than one Golden Globe.

Lady Gaga, 32, was overcome with emotion, bursting into tears, as she earned the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for her work on A Star Is Born’s smash hit Shallow.