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Rami Malek Had the Messiest Oscars Night, and It's the Best

The Best Actor winner just couldn't seem to get it together.

Sometimes, the best way to determine how great a night was is to count the scars you have afterward. In that case, it's possible Rami Malek—who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody—had the best Oscars night of anyone in the bunch because he was messy. The Bohemian Rhapsody star hit more than a couple road bumps and experienced at least one major crash.

According to USA Today, Malek and his Oscar took a tumble off the edge of the stage after the telecast ended. An EMT tended to Malek, and the Academy placed some orange cones along the stage because stars—they're just like us. Fortunately, it appears Malek wasn't injured.

IMAGE: Getty Images/Kevin Winter

IMAGE: Getty Images/Kevin Winter

IMAGE: Getty Images/Kevin Winter

IMAGE: Getty Images/Kevin Winter

The tumble came after a hilarious night of Malek quirks. Below, someone tweetedseveral pictures of Malek getting his tie straightened, with the last image showing Malek and his (still) crooked tie standing before the Academy to accept his Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury.

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Controversy surrounded Bohemian Rhapsody during awards season, a notion that Malek seemed to mention in his acceptance speech: "I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out." During that speech, he took the opportunity to nod to his Egyptian heritage, as well as highlight the importance of telling more stories about queer characters.

IMAGE: Getty Images/Kevin Winter

That fall he took at the end of the night didn't keep him down for too long though. In celebration of the big win, Malek cracked open a champagne fountain in the middle of the Oscars engraving room. Do what you got to do on your big night—just make sure that a medical professional is close by when you do.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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Justin Kirkland
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture. Prior to Esquire, his work appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, and USA Today. He is from East Tennessee and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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