Sam Smith Called Out For Saying He Is The First Openly Gay Man To Win An Oscar

The Oscars were pretty good, with some well deserving films and actors getting the recognition they deserve (go here for the winners), but it was also host to a pretty “insert foot into mouth” comment from Sam Smith.

Sam Smith somehow managed to win an Oscar for best original song for Writing’s On The Wall, despite that song being awful and terrible. But that wasn’t the funny part, that didn’t begin until Sam began his acceptance speech.

“I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen, and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar. If this is the case—even if it isn’t the case—I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world.”

You’ll probably remember that not only did Ian not actually say that, a fair few openly gay men have won Oscars for various different things. What Ian’s comment was referring to, was how no openly gay man has ever won the Oscar for best actor.

This comment was quickly called out by numerous people, and one of them was none other than Dustin Lance Black, the fiancee of Tom Daley, and winner of the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Milk at the 81st Academy Awards.

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Sam Smith Called Out For Saying He Is The First Openly Gay Man To Win An Oscar
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Sam Smith is being called out for saying that he is the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. And rightfully so.