Best Motion Picture Drama
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
GRAHAM KING: Wow. Now, that was unexpected. Thank you so much to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. That’s amazing. The power of movies is that it brings us all together. Freddie Mercury and Queen did that so successfully through their music, and that’s what we always wanted to accomplish in the cinemas. To see that magic come alive and to see the incredible response of this film has been truly humbling to everyone. I want to thank everyone. A huge thank you to Brian May, Roger Taylor. This is my producing partner, “Miami” Beach. I want to thank him. Thank you so much for trusting me to put your lives on the screen. I know how tough that is. Thank you to everyone at Fox and New Regency. Stacy Snider, Emma Watts. Big thank you to Kira Goldberg, Yori Melcham*. And a huge, special thank you to Arnon. I want to thank Denis O’Sullivan for all his hard work. To our incredible cast and crew, I wish I could thank them all. There’s just so many of them. One person I do want to say deserves a special mention is the guy who just ‑‑ where is he? Rami Malek, guys. I mean, come on. What a performer. Unbelievable. All my family, Haley, Sammy, wherever you are.*. I know I’ve forgotten some people, and I apologize for that. And finally, to Freddie Mercury. Thank you for showing us the power of embracing your true self. This one’s for you. Thank you so much.
Q. Why was it important for you to tell the story in this format?
MR. MAY: It is fair to say we were reluctant to approach this format, Roger and myself, and if we didn’t do it with the right people then it would get done wrong by somebody and it wouldn’t do Freddie justice. So in the interest of portraying Freddie the way he deserved to be portrayed, we got into it. And the fact that we found the right people at the right time is the reason we are standing here.
Q. I have to ask how big of a hurdle was Bryan Singer’s departure and do you share the award with him tonight?
MR. KING: That’s not something I should talk about tonight.
MR. MAY: Good question, though.
Q. You didn’t feel compelled to talk about him on stage; you didn’t feel it was appropriate?
MR. MALEK: I will take this one. There’s only one thing we needed to do, and that was to celebrate Freddie Mercury in this film. He is a marvel. There is only one Freddie Mercury, and nothing was going to stop us from giving him the love, admiration and respect that he deserved.
MR. KING: Every person that worked on this film did it out of the compassion and love for making this film, everybody.
Q. Brian, critics weren’t universally forthcoming with their praise and they seemed to be telling you how they thought the movie should have been made and how the story should have been told. Have you anything you’d like to say?
MR. MAY: We could say we told you so, I suppose. To be honest, some of the mistakes the critics made is review the trailer instead of waiting to see the film. They jumped to conclusions. I think when people state their claim, it is hard for them to withdraw. Some of them graciously said “we were wrong.”
There’s a million films you can make about any one person. We made this film about Freddie, and we believe it is the right one. Most of them are crying. We feel the team did it right.
MR. BEACH: I would like to tell you, as I’m sure you realize, Queen has had a history of some of the worst press of any major band in the world, and it is referred to in the movie. Opened in London with the worst reviews. This movie has been for the public, and I believe the public is a great arbiter. Freddie would believe that as well, and I am sure he would approve of the way we did it. We did a film to laugh, cry and celebrate.
Q. Your connection to Bohemian Rhapsody from Wayne’s World, tell me about that experience.
MR. MYERS: This continuing experience of Queen is a continuation of minds being blown. I listened to Bohemian Rhapsody growing up. Then there was Wayne’s World, and I wanted to make it about Bohemian Rhapsody. There was a little resistance and then I said I won’t do it without Bohemian Rhapsody. These are gods that walk as men, and I can’t believe I am here. Rami is just fantastic. Just people coming up to you and saying how much it made them cry and how much it celebrates these geniuses.
Q. You had talked about the whole process of you becoming Freddie. I wonder how much Freddie changed you because you seem more open, more joyous. Talk to me about how he affected you.
MR. MALEK: Well, very powerfully. I think the misconception with me is I play a very profoundly alienated human being with social anxiety on Mr. Robot. I am not necessarily that human being. I relate to that human being, and there are aspects of Freddie Mercury I relate to.
You can relate with this. He steps out there with a cape and a crown, and he is a deity, a god. There’s a part of him that he could hold an audience in the palm of his hand at some moments. He just wanted to be held that way as well. He was struggling to discover his identity and so powerfully taking everything that he was discovering, this complication, this chaos, this turmoil and this beauty inside of him and throw it out there and lift everybody else up to be everything they knew he could be. In looking at that, he lifted me up to be everything I could be on this film.