Sam Smith had the worst Oscar night ever


Sam Smith performing at the Academy Awards (YouTube)

Sam Smith has apologised for implying he’s the first gay man to win an Oscar, and says he thinks his performance on the night was a disaster.

The singer was slated for appearing to claim to be the first openly gay man to take home the honour after winning the best original song category at Sunday’s Academy Awards for his James Bond theme, Writing’s on the Wall.

He said during 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,” he told the audience.

It was quickly pointed out on social media that numerous other LGBT people had won Oscars in the past. Someone who felt the need to take a stand on the matter was Dustin Lance Black, who won for his screenplay for the 2009 film Milk.

Dustin tweeted, “Hey @SamSmithWorld, If you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé”, along with a clip of his own acceptance speech.

The screenwriter, if you didn’t already know, is engaged to super-sexy British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

Sam later apologised to Dustin “for the mix up”. Dustin, in turn, explained that he wasn’t implying that there was anything untoward about the texting between Sam and Tom.

“Dear Internet: @TomDaley1994 and @samsmithworld are pals. They text. Thus my surprise Sam took me for a closet case! Feel free to laugh,” he tweeted.

Sam, who’s been skewered by the LGBT media for his misstep, explained that the point of his speech was simply to “shine some light on the LGBT community who I love so dearly.”

Meanwhile, Sir Ian McKellen clarified that what he actually said, quite accurately, was that no openly gay man had yet won specifically in the best actor category. He graciously added that despite being misquoted by Sam, it shouldn’t “detract from @samsmithworld achievement. Congratulations to him & all others!”

Sam told the BBC that in addition to all the fuss about his speech, his performance at the Oscars had left him a wreck.

“That was honestly the worst moment of my life. Singing was horrible – I hated every moment of it. I was so nervous. That’s the truth,” he said.

While one should no doubt be a little more clued up about any issue you’re going to talk about on stage to millions of people, we can’t help but feel a little sorry for Sam. Sometimes, a winner can be a loser…

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