Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek has admitted that the Oscar nomination he's received for playing Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody took him completely by surprise.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the 37-year-old, who has already picked up a Golden Globe for his convincing portrayal of the Queen front man, said, "I’m in Paris working. Then the telephone started fluttering away, and it’s a beautiful snowy day, so there’s something quite magical the way it’s happening.

"It’s just something you never expect to happen. It’s like a distant dream that actors have and hope for to some degree.

Rami Malek with members of Queen at the Golden Globes 

"But it’s never really felt in the realm of possibilities - it’s a pretty joyous occasion to say the least," he added: "I guess at that point, you start to consider it. I’m always so thankful that I get to be a working actor.

"The percentage of people who get to do this is so small that getting accolades like this seems so distant always, whether you’ve received awards in the past or not.

"But I think perhaps after getting the Globe, it seemed more attainable - but there’s something about hearing the words that you’re an Oscar-nominated actor that are still going to be incredibly shocking. It’s a profoundly humbling moment for me."

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