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Santa Barbara Honors Rami Malek

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Rami Malek Receives Outstanding Performer of the Year for his work as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody


Rami Malek arrived in Santa Barbara amidst a light rain making his way to a busy red carpet and getting under cover.

The uber-talented Malek, gracious and eloquent, posed for pictures and brief interviews before taking the stage with The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg at the historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California, last night, February 1st.

Rami Malek, left, and moderator Scott Feinberg, enjoy a moment onstage during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer of the Year Tribute at the historic Arlington Theatre, February 1, 2019, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

In what might have been Feinberg’s best tribute conversation, The Hollywood Reporter Awards Columnist, showed his knowledge of Malek’s work and personal life while gently nudging Malek. Slowly, Malek began to open up and the enthusiastic crowd warmed up with more than one female voice calling out their love for the honoree.

Malek continued his steady composure sharing his experience in his auditions and with his directors with humor and a steadfast commitment to his craft. After watching several clips and the audience hanging on every Malek word, Feinberg addressed “the elephant in the room,” which turned out to be the firing of Bryan Singer as Director of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Out of his respect and admiration for Freddie Mercury and the band, Queen, Malek preferred to keep the attention and focus on them.

Malek accepted the award presented by friend and actor Joseph Mazzello. Malek seemed a little pensive afterwards as he thanked the audience and exited stage right with Mazzello. Seems as though we haven’t heard the last from Rami Malek….





Posted by Larry Gleeson

Critically-acclaimed actor Rami Malek will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award for his Academy Award nominated work in FOX’s 2018 release, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. Malek will be honored at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA, tonight, Friday, February 1st.

11162014-Roger-Durling_t479“Rami Malek’s portrayal as Freddie Mercury is humble and full of humanity. No one could of expressed the joy Freddie felt when performing nor the complex reality he lived offstage better than Rami.” says Roger Durling, Executive Director, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Malek’s on-screen performances have continued to receive praise including his small screen starring role in USA Network’s psychological drama MR. ROBOT, for which he received an Emmy for “Lead Actor in a Drama Series” and Critics Choice Award, as well as nominations for Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice, and Television Critics Association Awards. Most recently he can be seen starring in the Queen biopic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY in which he portrays the iconic Queen front-man Freddie Mercury. For This role, Malek has already received a Golden Globe for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama” as well as nominations for his performance for Critic’s Choice, Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy Awards. Malek’s previous credits include PAPILLON opposite Charlie Hunnam, BUSTER’S MAL HEART, THE MASTER opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, HBO’s miniseries THE PACIFIC, LARRY CROWNE, TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 1 & 2, and SHORT TERM 12 with Brie Larson.

The Outstanding Performers of the Year Award recognizes select individuals who have distinguished themselves with exceptional performances in film this past year. Past recipients of the award include Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan, Steve Carell, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Viola Davis, James Franco, Colin Firth, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Heath Ledger, Kate Winslet and Charlize Theron.

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(Source: sbiff.org)