British singer Sam Smith has picked up the best original song Oscar and dedicated his award to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
Smith co-wrote the song, Writing’s On The Wall, with fellow Brit Jimmy Napes, for the latest James Bond movie, Spectre. He follows in the footsteps of Adele, who won the Oscar in 2013 for the Bond instalment Skyfall.
An emotional Smith took to the stage with Napes at the 88th Academy Awards and paid tribute to all of the other nominees he was up against, including Lady Gaga.
“I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said no openly gay man had ever won an oscar. I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day,” Smith told the audience.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 29, 2016