Singer and songwriter Sam Smith has won the Best Song Oscar. Sam won the oscar for best original song for Spectre’s ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ song.
In is acceptance speech, the 23-year-old singer said “I actually can’t breathe right now! I dedicate this to the LGBT community around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man.”
The 88th Academy Awards took place on February 28 at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre.
Before Sam, there have been many gay Oscar winners.
Dustin Lance Black won an Oscar in 2009 for writing “Milk’. Pedro Almodóvar won for writing 2002’s “Talk to Her.” Elton John won an Oscar for 1994’s Best Original Song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. Composers John Corigliano(“The Red Violin”), Stephen Sondheim (for song “Sooner or Later”) and Howard Ashman , a gay lyricist.
Bill Condon, an openly gay filmmaker, won an Oscar in 1999 for writing the screenplay to “Gods and Monsters.” John Schlesinger won an Oscar in 1970 for directing “Midnight Cowboy.” “True Blood” creator Alan Ball , won an Oscar in 2000 for writing “American Beauty.” And Scott Rudin won for producing “No Country for Old Men.”
Mary and Max” director Adam Elliot thanked his boyfriend on stage in 2004 when he won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film “Harvie Krumpet.”John Gielgud, an openly gay male actor, did win Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1981 for his performance in “Arthur”.