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Smith unaware of past gay winners at Oscars

Tue 1 Mar 2016 In: International News View at Wayback View at NDHA

Co-writers Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith British singer Sam Smith, who has won the best original song Oscar, has dedicated his award to the glbti communities but seemed unaware of past openly gay Oscar winners. Smith co-wrote the song Writing's On The Wall for the latest James Bond movie, Spectre. “I read an article a few months ago, by  Sir Ian McKellen, and he said no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, and if this is the case — and even if it isn’t the case — I want to dedicate this to the lgbt community all around the world,” Smith said. However, his channeling McKellen was inaccurate as the veteran Brit actor had been specifically speaking of the Best Actor award. A number of openly gay men, though no other openly glbti people that we are aware of, have won Academy Awards. Openly gay actor Sir John Gielgud won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1981 for his role as the butler in Arthur and Elton John won the 1994 Best Original Song Oscar for Can You Feel the Love Tonight, from The Lion King. Spanish director Pedro Almdóvar won Best Writing/Original Ocreenplay for Talk to Her in 2003 and later also won Best Foreign Language Film for All About My Mother. Dustin Lance Black won for Best Original Screenplay for Milk.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 1st March 2016 - 6:59am

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