Sam Smith was ecstatic to win the Best Original Song Oscar Sunday night for “Writing’s on the Wall,” but he would have gladly skipped performing the song at the ceremony.
The BBC reports that on his way into the Vanity Fair Oscar party, Sam said performing the James Bond theme for a room full of celebrities was “the worst moment of my life.”
“Singing was horrible,” he added. “I hated every minute.”
But now that he’s claimed a statuette, he may never have to perform again. “It’s only downhill from here,” Sam joked. “I’m going to retire, I’m done with music!”
He also said backstage that he felt it was important to address the LGBTQ community in his acceptance speech. “In the past in my career, people said that I didn’t care,” he said. “I just wanted to make it clear that I really do care.”
Maybe he should have fact-checked his speech, though. Sam mistakenly thought he might have been the first openly gay man to receive an Oscar statuette, but out screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was quick to point out that he won Best Original Screenplay for Milk back in 2009. He also threw a little shade Sam’s way.
“Hey [Sam Smith], if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé,” Dustin tweeted, along with the video of his acceptance speech. His fiancé is British Olympian Tom Daley.
Dustin went on to further clarify his tweet, “THE POINT: knowing our LGBTQ history is important. We stand on the shoulders of countless brave men and women who paved the way for us.”
Sam responded to Dustin’s tweets Monday, writing, “Apologies for the mix up I’ll be sure to check out your films now x Belated Congrats on the Oscar.”
In Sam’s acceptance speech, he cited an article in which Sir Ian McKellan reportedly said no openly gay man has ever won an Oscar. “If this is the case, or even if it isn’t the case, I wanna dedicate this to the LGBT community, all around the world,” Sam said.
Elton John, Stephen Sondheim and Melissa Etheridge are among the other openly gay stars who have won an Oscar. McKellen responded to Sam’s speech on Twitter, writing that his comments referred specifically to acting categories. “I’d said no openly gay actor had received #Oscars-that doesn’t detract from @samsmithworld achievement,” he writes. “Congratulations to him & all others!”
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