Oscar Winner Sam Smith Defends Himself Over Academy Awards Speech

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Sam Smith continues to have to defend himself against critics who called his Oscars speech incorrect, after the singer called himself “the first openly gay person to win an Oscar.”

The singer picked up the Best Original Song prize at the film ceremony on Sunday (February 28) for his James Bond theme “Writing’s On The Wall”

In his speech, the British hitmaker said he had read that no openly gay men had ever won an Oscar, making him the first.

However, while no openly gay men have topped the main acting categories, the likes of screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and Elton John have previously won Academy Awards for best song.

“Hey [Sam Smith], if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé,” Black tweeted, along with the video of his 2009 acceptance speech.

Black’s fiancé is British Olympian Tom Daley.

Black won the Oscar for best original screenplay for his work on 2008’s “Milk,” which told the story of the first openly gay politician in California, Harvey Milk. 

Writing on Twitter post-Oscars, Smith said he just wanted to celebrate the LGBT community.

He said, “So hungover. Genuinely feels like a dream. “Second openly gay man to win an Oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn’t my point.”

“My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community whom I love so dearly,” Smith remarked.

Smith also said he would watch films made by award-winner Black, who criticized the singer on Twitter.

According to Billboard, Howard Ashman captured the award in 1989 and 1991 for his work on “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Elton John had come out when he scored Oscar gold for his 1994 song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”

Melissa Etheridge later won for her work on the lead tune for “An Inconvenient Truth” titled “I Need to Wake Up.”

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