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Ian McKellan Responds to Sam Smith's Oscars Speech

Ian McKellan Responds to Sam Smith's Oscars Speech

Ian McKellen has responded to Sam Smith‘s shout-out during his acceptance speech at the 2016 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (February 28) in Hollywood.

The 23-year-old singer won the award for Best Original Song and said that Ian once mentioned that no openly gay man has won an Oscar before and he’s proud to be the first.

This statement is untrue as Dustin Lance Black won an Oscar back in 2009 for writing the movie Milk and he called the singer out for the mistake.

“I’d said no openly gay actor had received #Oscars – that doesn’t detract from @samsmithworld achievement. Congratulations to him & all others!” Ian said to clarify that he was only speaking of actors.

Pictured inside: Sam switching up his outfit to attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party with “Writing’s On the Wall” co-writer Jimmy Napes.

FYI: Sam is wearing dunhill Bespoke at the party.

15+ pictures inside of Sam Smith at the Oscars and the after party…

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  • daniel18dg26

    the shade. lol

  • JPeron

    I fear Mr. McKellen, as much as I respect him, is now covering up. The Guardian reported his exact words at the time.

    “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance,’ he said, with the implication that he felt it tended towards the former.” (The Guardian, 25 January 2016) He later stated that when he was nominated he had a speech prepared saying, “I’m proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar.” That’s two direct quotes. Both clearly say that no openly gay man has won an Oscar. Perhaps in other statements Mr. McKellen modified his overly-broad and false claim, but at least twice he stated no gay man has won an Oscar. McKellen was wrong to do so.

    Now poor Mr. Smith is made the fool for believing what McKellen did claim and Mr. McKellen is taking no responsibility.

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  • TruthMachine

    gaga lost thats a bigger shade from the oscars!