Gwilym Lee, far left, Rami Malek and Joe Mazzello in a scene from "Bohemian Rhapsody."
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Egyptians hailed Rami Malek as a new "Pharaoh" Monday, after he won the best actor Oscar for his performance as rock singer Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody".A first generation American of Egyptian origin, Malek received the award for his portrayal of the frontman of iconic British band Queen. Egypt's Immigration Minister Nabila Makram also congratulated Malek for his Oscar win. Social media was filled with praise on trending hashtags carrying Malek's name in Arabic and English, while many hailed Egypt's new "Pharaoh". In conservative Egypt where homosexuals face persecution, little attention was paid to Malek's portrayal of a gay icon.
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