By Dana Schwartz
January 27, 2019 at 09:56 PM EST

I see a little silhouetto of an award…

Rami Malek has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.

Malek, 37, is being honored for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the rock biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and he paid tribute to Mercury in his acceptance speech.

“I thank Queen and Freddie Mercury,” Malek said onstage. “I get some power from him that is about stepping up and living your best life and being exactly who you want to be and accomplishing everything you so desire. I feel that, and he allows us all to feel that. So this is again for him.”

The actor previously spoke to EW about the tremendous amount of recognition he’s received for the role: “It’s great to be recognized in this way. It’s been so many years in the process and to have it culminate in not only myself but the film being recognized is such a tremendous honor and speaks to the level of work that everyone who was a part of this film brought to it. It was a troop of people who were dedicated and committed on such a high level. I’m so proud of all of them. It’s so special.”

Bohemian Rhapsody is also nominated for SAG’s ensemble award and previously won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture — Drama.

Recognition notwithstanding, the film has become controversial with regard to original director Bryan Singer, who was fired from the project two weeks before filming was complete. Singer has also been accused of sexual misconduct multiple times; he has denied the allegations. (In his acceptance speech, Malek thanked Bohemian Rhapsody’s producers and cast but did not mention Singer.)

This is Malek’s first SAG Award, though he was previously nominated twice for his work on the television series Mr. Robot. On Sunday, Malek beat out a competitive field of Christian Bale (Vice), Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), and John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman).

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