Following an introduction from Sarah Silverman that included a joke about James Bond’s penis size, Sam Smith took the stage at Sunday’s Oscars to give a stirring performance of “Writing’s on the Wall,” his theme song from the latest James Bond film, Spectre.
The track was nominated for Best Original song alongside Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground, “Simple Song #3” by David Lang from Youth, “Earned It” by The Weeknd from Fifty Shades of Grey, and the J. Ralph/Antony Hegarty effort “Manta Ray” for Racing Extinction.
Smith was the first musician to take the stage at the 88th Academy Awards, joining Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, and Dave Grohl.
Smith has rarely performed “Writing’s on the Wall” in a live setting. He debuted the live version in an October episode of The Graham Norton Show, where he was backed by an extravagant orchestral arrangement.
Three years ago, Adele performed the previous Bond theme for Skyfall; she was the only performer during those Oscars and the song won Best Original Song.