Sam Smith Dedicates Oscar to LGBT Community

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, British soul singer Sam Smith poses for a portrait, in New York. Breakthrough newcomers Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer will take the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards. Dick clark productions announced Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, that Mary J. Blige will join the British pop crooner and Australian boy band at the at the Nov. 23 event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, to air live on ABC. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)
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Sam Smith dedicated his Oscar to the LGBT community, citing Sir Ian Mckellen in saying that no openly gay person has ever won an Oscar.

“I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian Mckellen and he said no openly gay man had won an Oscar. If this is the case, I want to dedicate it to the LGBT community around the world” Smith said in his speech, “I stand here today as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day. Thank you so much.”

Although his facts were misguided, with Elton John, Stephen Sondheim, Bill Condon, Scott Rudin, and Dustin Lance Black all having won Oscars when out, the sentiment was there.

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Smith won his Oscar for the 2016 James Bond: Spectre theme song ‘Writing’s on the Wall’

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