Sam Smith Makes Awkward Faux Pas With ‘first openly gay winner’ claim

If you were watching the Academy Awards last night you may have been taken aback by Sam Smiths bewildering acceptance speech.

The singer sparked controversy while accepting his award for ‘Best Original Song’ with ‘Writing On The Wall’ beating out favourite Lady Gaga when he said: “I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said no openly gay man had won an Oscar,” Smith said.

“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.”

Clearly Smith did not read the article thoroughly enough as McKellen was referring to gay actors, as several other categories have been won by LGBT members.

Melissa Etheridge, Bill Condon, Alan Ball, John Schlesinger, Angelina Jolie, Graham Moore and Stephen Sondheim have all scooped Oscars after coming out, Elton John even won in the same category as Smith in 1995.

Stars like Joel Grey, John Gielgud and Jodie Foster have each publicly come out as gay after winning their awards.

We thought that the singer would be a bit more informed of his LGBT history, especially if he’s prepared to declare himself as paving the way for the community in front of millions of viewers.

One past LGBT winner did not see the amusement in the slip up as Dustin Lance Black tweeted his own acceptance speech to Smith writing: “it may be time to stop texting my fiancé”


Are we about to get our first messy, gay love triangle in the celeb world? Let’s pray no.

Check out the speech below.

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