Queen‘s Brian May and Roger Taylor had plenty to gush about at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night after the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody won the Best Motion Picture — Drama prize and the film’s star, Rami Malek, took home Best Actor in a Drama award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.
In a post-ceremony backstage interview, May said of winning the Best Motion Picture honor, “I think it’s the biggest surprise of our career, really. Unbelievable. Completely unexpected and completely joyous. How extraordinary.”
Taylor added, “We’re kind of lost for words…Rami really deserved to win. You know, this is just so much icing on the cake, and I’m not even in the movie.”
Malek, meanwhile, said, “It’s [an] extraordinary privilege…to be a part of this family…I think every human being’s lives across the globe, you hear [Queen], you feel them, their music is timeless…They are the most beautiful human beings I could ever ask to get to know, and I just can’t believe I get to text these human beings now and ask them out to dinner and we get to hang out.”
He added, “To honor Freddie on this scale is something so deserving of him and so deserving of every aspect of this incredible band.”
Longtime Queen manager Jim Beach, the executor of Mercury’s estate, recalled that one of the last things Freddie said to him before his death was, “You can do anything with my music, my image, anything I’ve done, but never make me boring.”
“And Rami never made him boring,” added Beach.
On Monday, May posted a series of photos from the Golden Globes ceremony his Instagram page along with a note that reads, “Surreal. Just woke up, wondering if all that Golden Globes stuff last night really happened!”
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