He later apologized, saying: “second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn’t my point.”


Someone teach Sam Smith how to Google.

When Smith won Best Original Song at the Oscars for “Writing’s On The Wall” from the James Bond movie Spectre, he said he was proud to be the first openly gay Oscar winner, though a moment later clarified he wasn’t entirely sure. He credited the misinformation from an interview where Sir Ian McKellen made that claim, who took to Twitter to clarify his statement: “I’d said no openly gay actor had received #Oscars – that doesn’t detract from @samsmithworld achievement. Congratulations to him & all others!”

Smith’s comments fired up previous Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, who Tweeted Smith a link to his acceptance speech at the 2009 Oscars where he won Best Original Screenplay. Other openly gay Oscar winners include Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Howard Ashman, and Pedro Almdóvar, among others, reports Billboard.
During the Vanity Fair afterparty, reporters tried correcting Smith, but to no avail. “I think I’m the second openly gay person to win it but either way it’s important that we shine light on what’s going on,” Smith said.

A reporter from Entertainment Weekly mentioned Howard Ashman had previously won Best Original Song for “Mean Green Mother from Outer Space” from Little Shop of Horrors, to which Smith responded, “I should know him. We should date.”

Unfortunately, Ashman passed away in 1991 due to complications from AIDS.

Smith since apologized for his comments, saying: “second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn’t my point.”

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