The morning after the 91st Academy Awards, EW caught up with a pair of the night’s big winners — Best Actor winner Rami Malek, and Best Adapted Screenplay winner Spike Lee. See below for exclusive photos by Art Streiber and reflections from the stars.
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Hours after picking up his Best Actor trophy for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Oscar winner Rami Malek is feeling hungry — and rather guilty. Fox’s after-party is in full swing at the Hollywood Athletic Club, and well-wishers can’t help but squeeze into the kitchen to congratulate him as he digs into his burger and fries. “Sorry to slow you guys down!” the 37-year-old tells the staff.
But then again, Malek himself doesn’t really mind the chaos; he’s dreamed of winning for a long time. In his speech, he spoke of how his younger self — or “bubba Rami,” as he put it on stage — would have had his mind blown if he’d known he would win an Oscar. “He wanted to be recognized for something, anything at all,” Malek tells EW. “This is the greatest recognition.”
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Spike Lee admits he wasn’t thinking when he leaped into the arms of friend and frequent collaborator Samuel L. Jackson after winning his first (and long-overdue) competitive Oscar, for Best Adapted Screenplay, for co-writing BlacKkKlansman. After all, what did he have to be afraid of? “Sam would never let me fall,” he tells EW, grinning.
Indeed, Lee can’t stop smiling as he lounges poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel hours after the ceremony to re-create Terry O’Neill’s iconic post-Oscars shot of Faye Dunaway in 1977, an image photographer Art Streiber has been chasing for years. The filmmaker is so giddy with his win — which arrives on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Do the Right Thing, which the Academy snubbed — he’s not even fazed by Green Book taking Best Picture, a decision he’d told reporters the night before was “a bad call.” In fact, he plucks The New York Times out of a pile to grasp for the shot. “Why not?” Lee says, laughing as he places it across his lap, Green Book headline in full view. “It’s funny.”
The laughs didn’t end there. With his solo photograph captured, Lee sat down to have breakfast with his family — from left, Jackson Lee, George Lewis, Lillian Lewis, Satchel Lee, and Tonya Lewis Lee — and his family’s newest member, Oscar. After a long night, they all deserve a treat.
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