Oscar buzz for Rami Malek at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ screening

Published October 7

The new Queen bio-pic Bohemian Rhapsody had its first screening over the weekend at Fox, and the press is buzzing about the performance of actor Rami Malek as the band's frontman Freddie Mercury.

"In front of invited members of the Academy, SAG nominating committee, select guilds, and a handful of awards bloggers, Malek proved beyond a doubt he was the right choice to play iconic Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in a performance that just pops off the screen, alternating between high energy and high drama, and brilliantly capturing both the man and the performer in all his complexity and style," Deadline.com's Pete Hammond wrote.

Bohemian Rhapsody follows Queen's road to the top, culminating with the band's epic performance at Live Aid in 1985. The movie project has been kicking around for a decade, with various lead actors and directors coming and going.

Official reviews of the film are embargoed until its Nov. 2 release, but Deadline.com reported that Malek got a standing ovation when he was introduced before the Q&A session that followed the screening.

Read the full exuberant report here, but count me in as one fan who can't wait to see the final product.

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