Sam Smith Defends Oscars Speech
So hungover. genuinely feels like a dream— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) February 29, 2016
Second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn't my point.— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) February 29, 2016
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.
My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who i love so dearly.— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) February 29, 2016
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.
Apologies for the mix up @DLanceBlack I'll be sure to check out your films now x Belated Congrats on the Oscar x— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) February 29, 2016
“I can’t put into words how I feel other than… Hungover and Insanely happy x,” he wrote.