Rami Malek Responds To Viral Nicole Kidman Awkward Moment

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Celebrities are people, just like you and me. Sometimes, they have awkward moments. It happens; they're only human. The only difference is that when you are a big celebrity, there's always a high chance that cameras are rolling, capturing your embarrassing accident and broadcasting it for all the world to see. Sure enough, that is what happened during the Golden Globes during an extra weird exchange between Rami Malek and Nicole Kidman.

Here's what happened: during the Golden Globes, Rami Malek won Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama during one of the final awards of the night. The musical biopic also won Best Drama for the evening, which was the final award given out that night. Kidman was on hand to present this particular prize.

After he went on stage to celebrate with everyone, there was a moment where Malek and Nicole Kidman were together on the stage, although it looked like Kidman wasn't giving the actor the time of day -- even though Malek was trying hard to get her attention. It was filmed and scrutinized by viewers at home. The uncomfortable aside was then put online and made fun of by several people who found the clip on YouTube.

It's hard to know what is happening in a moment like this, especially when there's no audio to capture the exchange. The clip certainly made it look like Nicole Kidman was straight-up ignoring Rami Malek, and some viewers believed (or wanted to believe) that Nicole Kidman was ignoring Malek because she did not agree with his recent award win. Well, according to Malek, that is not actually what happened. As the Bohemian Rhapsody actor explains it, they actually know each other pretty well, but during a big awards show like the Globes, it is hard to know how to come up to your friend and say hello.

I've known her for many years, despite as it may seem from that video. So I thought I could easily go up and say hi. But in a moment like that, it was very awkward. I have a feeling it was probably haunting me on the Internet.

Indeed, the Internet can be a haunting place. As Rami Malek explains in the Jimmy Kimmel Live! clip, he knew that the awkwardness of such a weird moment like this one was going to haunt him online. It's the way of the web, after all. But there was little Malek could do to make it any less awkward.

You can watch the clip with Rami Malek on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below, where the actor tries his darn best to explain what happened between him and Nicole Kidman. The conversation between Kimmel and Malek about the awkward Kidman exchange begins around the 1:58 mark in the talk show clip.

Mistakes are bound to happen. Even when you are a celebrity, there are going to be times like this one where you mess up and the world watches. At least Rami Malek seems to have a good sense of humor about the whole thing because there's a good chance something awkward will happen again.

Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.