Sam Smith Defends Oscars Speech
Sam Smith has accused critics of missing the point of his Oscars acceptance speech after facing a backlash online.
The 23-year-old won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his James Bond theme, “Writing’s on the Wall,” on Sunday night, but he quickly came under fire after claiming he may be the first openly gay man to receive a gold statue during his speech.
After a night of partying, Smith took to Twitter on Monday to explain his comments.
During his moment on stage, Smith mentioned a recent article written by actor Ian McKellen, who noted that no openly gay man has ever won an Oscar. The veteran was only referring to the main acting categories, a distinction which appeared to have been lost on Smith.
“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 told the Dolby Theater audience. “I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day.”
However, openly gay screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for Milk in 2009, was quick to blast Smith on Twitter for getting his facts wrong, and for texting his fiance, British Olympic diver Tom Daley.
While Smith didn’t acknowledge the texting element of Black’s post, he did post a response regarding his point about previous openly-gay Oscar winners.
Smith also added a black and white photograph to Instagram, showing him sitting outside with his head bowed, as a bottle of beer and his Oscar sit on a table nearby.
“I can’t put into words how I feel other than… Hungover and Insanely happy x,” he wrote.