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Sam Smith Forgot About These Openly Gay Oscar Winners

Sam Smith may have dedicated his Oscar win on Sunday “to the LGBT community around the world, ” but he forgot about a bunch of openly gay male Oscar winners who came before him.

“I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen, and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, and if this is the case, even if it isn’t the case, I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world, ” he said.

The singer, who won the Best Original Song Academy Award for “Spectre” theme “Writing’s on the Wall, ” may be slightly embarrassed to learn that a number of gay people have won Oscars in the past, and even more embarrassed that he misread McKellan’s quote, which was specifically discussing the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

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There have been many gay Oscar winners in the music categories, including composer John Corigliano (“The Red Violin”), Stephen Sondheim (for the “Dick Tracy” song “Sooner or Later”) and Howard Ashman, a gay lyricist who died from AIDS complications in 1991.

Ashman’s first win came for Best Original Song “Under the Sea” from 1989’s “The Little Mermaid.” Then, he was posthumously honored in the same category in 1991 for the song “Beauty and the Beast” from the film of the same name.

“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.”

Smith did specify “openly gay man” in his acceptance speech, but for the sake of living up to the headline of this article, singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge also won an Oscar for the Best Original Song in 2007.

Despite mistakenly identifying himself as the first openly gay man to win an Oscar (with the caveat that it might not have actually been “the case”), his tribute to the LGBT community has been garnering praise. Watch Smith’s acceptance speech below.

And if we’re forgetting more openly gay Oscar winners, do us a favor and shout them out in the comment section below.

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