Actor claims he said "no openly gay actor had received Oscars" in response to Smith's speech
Sir Ian McKellen has congratulated Sam Smith on his Oscar win after the singer name-checked him in his acceptance speech.
Smith’s James Bond theme, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, was named Best Original Song at the ceremony last night (February 28), with the star dedicating his victory to the LGBT community.
Taking to the stage to collect his trophy, Smith quoted McKellen as saying that “no openly gay man has ever won an Oscar”, adding: “If this is the case, I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world.”
However, Smith had mistakenly referred to the fact that no openly gay actor had taken home an Oscar.
McKellen has since taken to Twitter to congratulate Smith on his win, while also clarifying comments he made about possible homophobia among Academy voters.
He wrote: “I’d said no openly gay actor had received #Oscars-that doesn’t detract from @samsmithworld achievement. Congratulations to him & all others!”
Smith has come under fire from Dustin Lance Black – whose fiancé is Olympic diver Tom Daley – who won The Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Milk, back in 2009.
Black tweeted a link to his acceptance speech at the show, proving another openly gay man had won an Academy Award, also accusing Smith of messaging Daley.
He wrote: “Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé. Here’s a start.”
Black’s win stands alongside the likes of Elton John and Stephen Sondheim’s past wins for Best Original Song.
Smith has since apologised to Black on Twitter, writing: “Second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn’t my point. My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who i love so dearly.”
He added: “Apologies for the mix up @DLanceBlack I’ll be sure to check out your films now x Belated Congrats on the Oscar x.”
However, it wasn’t Smith’s speech that gave him nightmares, with the singer later describing his performance at the ceremony as “the worst moment of my life”, adding that he “hated every moment of it”.