When Sam Smith submitted that he may be the first openly gay man to win an Oscar at last night’s 88th Academy Awards, he overlooked just one small detail…
He wasn’t. Not by a long shot.
In his moments of elation behind the microphone while accepting his award, however, Sam Smith’s powerful and supportive words for the gay community became overshadowed by one misdirected implication.
Misquoting words from gay actor Sir Ian McKellen, Smith implied that no openly gay actor had ever won an Academy Award, but regardless of whether or not that were true, he would like to dedicate his victory to the LGBT community.
Unfortunately for Smith, his altruistic words soon became the center of some fairly heated controversy within the gay community.
We all say things we don’t mean, so here’s a refresher course through the long history of gay winners at the Academy Awards.