Dustin Lance Black Accuses Sam Smith Of Texting Tom Daley in Oscars Feud
Shade has been thrown.
Sam Smith might've tried to use his Oscars acceptance speech to speak up for the LGBT community, but unfortunately it didn’t go down too well with everyone and in particular with the filmmaker Dustin Lance Black.
Enter a shady Twitter feud that ended up with Dustin, himself a 2009 Oscar winner, calling out Sam for a lack of awareness and for allegedly texting his fiancé, the Olympic diver Tom Daley.
When accepting the award for Best Original Song during the 2016 Oscars that took place in Hollywood over the weekend, Smith referenced an interview that he had seen, saying: “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 this to the LGBT community around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope that we can all stand as equals one day.”
Unfortunately, what Sam didn’t know was that Sir Ian was referring to openly gay actors. There have actually been several openly gay Oscar winners, including Elton John and Stephen Sondheim, who’ve both won in the same category as Sam – Best Original Song.
Also, Howard Ashman won two Oscars for Best Original Song prior to his death from AIDS complications in 1991, Melissa Etheridge, a gay woman, won Best Original Song in 2006 and finally, Dustin Lance Black won for screenwriting in 2009 for Milk. Awks.
But Dustin was quick to hit back at Sam for his gaffe, calling him out for his lack of awareness and accusing him of ‘texting’ his fiancé in the process.
Sam was quickly notified of his error backstage, but didn’t exactly react the most tactfully, choosing instead to shout “sh*t” at the press conference.
Oh Sam. Maybe just give it a quick Google beforehand next time?