Sam Smith wins Oscar – dedicates award ‘to the LGBT community all around the world’
Four-time Grammy winner and Golden Globe winner Sam Smith is now also an Oscar winner.
The openly gay singer-songwriter won the Academy Award on Sunday with co-writer Jimmy Napes for best original song for The Writing’s On the Wall from the James Bond film Spectre.
‘I actually can’t breathe right now,’ Smith said as he reached the podium at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Noting that he is an openly gay Oscar winner Smith said: ‘I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day.’
The Writing’s on the Wall is the second Bond theme to win the Oscar after Adele’s Skyfall took the prize in 2013.
The win for Smith and Napes came shortly after Lady Gaga had performed her nominated song (written with Diane Warren) about rape called Til It Happens to You from the documentary The Hunting Ground.
Gaga was joined on stage during the end of the song by a large group of real-life survivors.
Other nominated songs were Fifty Shades of Grey’s Earned It, Racing Extinction’s Manta Ray and Youth’s Simple Song #3.