Oscars 2016: Glaring Error in Sam Smith’s Acceptance Speech

Sam Smith won the Best Original Song at the Oscars for his Spectre theme song, “Writing’s on the Wall,” dedicating the trophy to the LGBT community, but he made a pretty big howler during his acceptance speech.

“I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen,” Smith said, “and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, and if this is the case — even if it isn’t the case — I wanna dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world.”

The singer was referring to an interview McKellen gave to the Guardian in January, where he discussed the fact that no openly gay actors had ever won the Best Actor Oscar.


However, plenty of gay men have won Oscars in the past, including screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who won in 2009 for his screenplay for Milk. Other gay musical artists who’ve won Best Original Song include Melissa Etheridge, Elton John, and Stephen Sondheim. Maybe do some research in the future, Sam?

Dustin Lance Black hit out at Smith on Twitter in response, with a coded message that suggested the “Money on My Mind” singer had been messaging his fiancé, Olympic diver Tom Daley.


“Writing’s on the Wall” became the second James Bond theme to win the coveted Oscar, following Adele’s win in 2012 for “Skyfall.”

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