Rami Malek, the once-struggling actor before his exceptional role in Mr. Robot as Elliot Anderson, has just won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama award at the Golden Globes 2018 for his performance as Freddy Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Since receiving the award, Malek garnered a number of rave reviews that described his performance as “phenomenal”. Also, that he is absolutely worthy of an award that not only highlights his performance, but gives a chance for a more diverse selection of winners regardless of ethnicity, race, or background in the future.

Malek’s transformation wasn’t easy; he has made some tough decisions regarding his career a number of times. Most notably, when he was getting offers to play the role of a terrorist in many movies and TV shows; a limited frame that Hollywood has painted for struggling actors with Middle Eastern roots.

However, Malek told his agents “Any calls that come about playing Arabs or Middle Easterners in a negative light? I don’t need to respond to any of them anymore. No more of this,” GQ Middle East quoted Malek in one of their interviews with him.

Before Mr. Robot, Malek played supporting roles in movies like The Pacific, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Battleship, and others. And, during the casting of The Pacific, The Globe & Mail made some remarks on Malek’s profile as “startlingly handsome...with tawny skin and close-cropped curly hair...He speaks in a slow, just-woke-up drawl that contrasts with his dazzling smile and anything-goes energy. And he's mostly eyes: Giant, chalky blue eyes, the colour of one of those preternaturally still mineral lakes in the Rockies. They seem to see both outwardly and inwardly. They're sad, yet amused.”

We can most certainly say that we are proud of him; here’s to more awards, and possibly even an Oscar!

By Adel M. Fakhry