Rami Malek won one of the Academy Awards’ biggest honors last night – and then promptly fell off the stage. The moment wasn’t caught on the broadcast, but toward the end of the ceremony, Malek (who won Best Actor for his depiction of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody) fell off the stage as he tried to exit the Dolby Theater at the end of the night. The moment was captured on Twitter by an onlooker.

Malek was reportedly treated by paramedics following the fall, but seemed to be fully recovered when it came time to celebrate his big win. Later at the Governor’s Ball, USA Today reporter Carly Mallenbaum captured the 37-year-old actor popping a bottle of champagne, appearing not to be injured at all.

Malek’s win was one of four prizes handed out to the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody at last night’s ceremony (the film also picked up Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing). After Fox fired director Bryan Singer mid-production amidst allegations of sexual assault, the film was met with some controversy, but racked up the most awards at last night’s Oscars nonetheless. Notably, no one from the film thanked Singer in their speech.

Meanwhile, Malek’s speech was praised for its poignant message. “We made a film about a gay man and an immigrant who was unapologetically himself,” Malek said before referencing his own identity as the child of Egyptian immigrants. “[It’s] proof we’re longing for stories like this. Part of my story is being written right now, and I could not be more grateful.” He also put on a passionate display of affection for his new girlfriend and Bohemian Rhapsody co-star Lucy Boynton, whom he said had “captured his heart.”


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