Dustin Lance Black Makes the Point of His Sam Smith Oscars Shade Very Clear, Responds to Smith’s Apology

Let’s say it together: History is important.

After reminding Sam Smith that he was not the first openly gay male to win an Academy Award, Academy Award-winning and openly gay screenwriter Dustin Lance Black felt that Smith still didn’t quite understand the impact of his speech’s misattribution at the 2016 Oscars.

Black originally called out Smith on the error in his Oscars speech and accused him of texting his fiancé, Tom Daley, to which Smith responded, “Second openly gay man to win an Oscar or third or fourth or 100th, it wasn’t my point. My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who I love so dearly. Apologies for the mix up I’ll be sure to check out your films now. Belated Congrats on the Oscar x”

Black came back on Twitter on Monday night:

He also addressed the allegations in reference to Smith texting his fiancé.


Smith took home the 2016 Academy Award for the Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre. The singer later called his performance during the broadcast “the worst moment of my life”. “Singing was horrible,” he told the BBC. “I hated every minute.”

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