Sam Smith’s acceptance speech at the Oscars has become one of the big talking points from the night, with the singer suggesting that he might be the first openly gay man to win an Academy Award.
Congratulations on your win, Sam!
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Sam, who won the trophy for Best Original Song for Spectre’s ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ with songwriter Jimmy Napes, dedicated his win to the LGBT+ community, saying: “I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said no openly gay man had won an Oscar.
“If this is the case, I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope that we can all stand as equals one day.”
Sir Ian was, in fact, referring specifically to no openly gay men being awarded the Oscar for Best Actor in his interview with The Guardian.
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Ellen DeGeneres was one of those praising Sam’s speech, tweeting: “Congrats @samsmithworld on a beautiful speech and @ladygaga on a moving performance #Oscars”.
However, not everyone was quite so impressed, with Tom Daley’s fiancé and Oscar winner, Dustin Lance Black, tweeting quite the response.
Dustin won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Harvey Milk biopic ‘Milk’ in 2009.
Calling Sam out and telling him to stop texting Tom, Dustin wrote: “Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé.”
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) February 29, 2016