Tonight’s Oscars may just be the most socially aware in history, as Chris Rock and other presenters addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and Vice President Joe Biden and Lady Gaga put a spotlight on campus sexual assault.
When Sam Smith accepted the award for Best Original Song for Spectre’s “Writing’s on the Wall,” with co-writter Jimmy Napes, the out singer dedicated it to the LGBT community.
Referencing Ian McKellen’s complaint that no out gay man had won an Oscar—for acting, we presume, as gays have won in other categories—Smith said, “if that’s true, or even if it’s not, I’d like to dedicate this award to the LGBT community all over the world. I stand here as a proud gay man, and I hope we can stand together as equals one day.”
Smith, who is sporting a much trimmer figure these days, sang “Writing’s on the Wall” earlier in the evening.
And before the ceremony, he let on how nervous he was.
I've never been so fucking nervous in my entire life. PHWOAAAAAAAR
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) February 29, 2016
And what his father bought him for a present.