Rami Malek was fresh off a Best Actor win at the 2019 Academy Awards when he fell from the stage into the audience area

By Maria Pasquini
February 25, 2019 04:59 PM
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Rami Malek took a little tumble following his big night at the Academy Awards.

Malek, 37, was fresh off a Best Actor win on Sunday when he fell from the stage into the audience area just after the broadcast wrapped.

In a video shared by The Hollywood Reporter on Twitter, the actor can be seen walking along the stage before suddenly dropping out of frame.

Malek’s fall caught the attention of everybody who was nearby (including Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón), as many could be heard gasping and asking the star whether he was alright.

Towards the end of the clip, the actor, who seemingly said something about being told “not to step on it,” can be seen being helped to his feet by the people around him.

In photographs of the tumble, the star did his best to hold on his Best Actor statue aloft. Hitting the ground, Malek looked surprised.

Paramedics were then called to treat the actor, who was moved into a chair in the front row and then onto a more private area backstage. Despite the fall, the actor did not show any outward signs of being injured as he spoke in the press room after the incident.

A rep for Malek did not respond to a request for comment.

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Malek also showed no signs of injury later in the evening as he picked up his trophy and brought it to the Governor’s Ball where he immediately got in on the festivities by spraying his fellow partygoers with a large bottle of champagne.

Rami Malek
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Rami Malek
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He was joined at the fete by fellow winners like Lady Gaga and Olivia Colman, who were also on hand to get their trophies engraved.

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Malek won his prize for playing the late Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

He celebrated his win by passionately kissing his girlfriend, and costar, Lucy Boynton before taking the stage.

Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton
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“I may not have been the obvious choice, but I guess it worked out,” he said. “I think about what it would have been like to tell little bubba Rami that one day this might happen to him, and I think his curly-haired little mind would be blown. That kid was struggling with his identity, trying to figure himself out and I think to anyone struggling with theirs and trying to discover, their voice, listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself.”

Malek continued, “[It’s] proof that we’re longing for stories like this. I am the son of immigrants from Egypt, I’m a first-generation American. And part of my story is being written right now, and I could not be more grateful.”

The star has been making the awards show rounds this season, and also picked up a best actor win at the Golden Globes, the BAFTA Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The 91st Academy Awards were broadcast live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC.