Oscars 2016: Dustin Lance Black calls out Sam Smith
After winning the Oscar for Best Original Song at Sunday’s ceremony, Sam Smith dedicated the honor to the LGBT community and suggested he might be the first openly gay man to win an Academy Award.
As social media pointed out and the British singer was informed backstage, that wasn’t quite accurate. One of those previous winners includes screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who called Smith out on Twitter after his acceptance speech.
“Hey [Sam Smith], if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé,” Black tweeted, linking to a video of his own Oscars acceptance speech in 2009 for Milk.
Later Monday, Black added, “THE POINT: knowing our LGBTQ history is important. We stand on the shoulders of countless brave men and women who paved the way for us.”
According to PEOPLE, Black and Olympic diver Tom Daley announced their engagement with a newspaper notice last October.
Smith, 23, won Best Original Song at the 88th Oscars for “Writing’s on the Wall,” from the James Bond film, Spectre.
“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 during his acceptance speech. “I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day.”
This post has been updated since its original publication.