Oscar winner has Indiana ties

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Rami Malek, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “Bohemian Rhapsody”, poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Actor Rami Malek, winner of the 2019 Oscar for best performance by an actor in a leading role, has ties to the Hoosier state.

Malek graduated from the University of Evansville’s theatre department in 2003. The school issued a press release congratulating him after the award was announced Sunday.

Malek took home the award for his performance as Freddie Mercury lead vocalist for the band Queen in the film Bohemian Rhapsody. Malek also took home a SAG Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for the role.

The University of Evansville says while at school Malek performed in Death and the King’s Horseman, The Kentucky Cycle, Book of Days, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, and The Real Thing. A congratulatory video was produced by current University of Evansville students Gina DeLise and Jules Iradukunda. The effort was spearheaded by Malek’s friends Amelia McClain and Wes Grantom. The pair also graduated from the university in 2003 and are currently serving as guest artists in the UE Theatre department.

You can see that video here.

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