By Alexia Fernandez
February 25, 2019 at 12:44 AM EST

Rami Malek‘s big night at the Oscars took a serious and painful turn after he fell off the 2019 Academy Awards stage.

The newly-minted Oscar winner, 37, was photographed as he tumbled off the Oscars stage into the audience area after the ceremony had concluded.

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The star did his best to hold on his Best Actor statue aloft. Hitting the ground, Malek looked surprised and was helped up by those around him.

Paramedics were then called to treat the actor, who was moved into a chair in the front row. His injuries were not immediately clear.

PEOPLE is out to a representative for Rami.

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The actor had just received the award for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

After his name was announced, Malek passionately kissed with his costar and girlfriend Lucy Boynton.

“My mom is in here somewhere, I love you. I love you, lady,” Malek said while accepting the award. “My family, thank you for all of this. My dad didn’t get to see me do any of this, but I think he’s looking down on me right now. This is a monumental moment.”

He went on to thank Queen, as well as producer Graham King.

“I’m so appreciative to all of you, to everyone who has had a hand in getting me here,” Malek continued. “To the Academy, to people who took a change on me every step of the way. Graham King, [producer] Denis O’Sullivan, everyone at Fox and New Regency, thank you guys so much. I might not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out. Thank you, Queen. Thank you guys for allowing me to be the tiniest part of your phenomenal, extraordinary legacy. I am forever in your debt.”

Malek wrapped his speech by shouting out Boynton, 25, who plays Mercury’s former fiancée Mary Austin in the musical film.

“Lucy Boynton, you’re the heart of this film,” he concluded. “You are beyond immensely talented you have captured my heart. Thank you so much.”

Malek, who won both a Golden Globe award and Screen Actors Guild award earlier this month for the role, initially believed taking on the part of the Queen frontman would kill his career.

The actor spoke to an audience at Cinemacon in April 2018 where he said, “When I got this role, I thought, ‘Oh my God, this could be a career-defining performance.’ And about two minutes later I thought, ‘This could be a career killer.’”

The Mr. Robot star wasn’t kidding either, adding, “You don’t get this right and it’s trouble.”

The movie chronicles Queen from 1970, when Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, until the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985, six years before the singer died of complications from AIDS.

Since its release in November, the film has racked up over $900 million in the world box office.

The 91st Academy Awards was broadcasted live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com here.

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