Sam Smith was only trying to be sincere; Dustin Lance Black was only trying to be funny.
And then the Twitter world went mad.
Smith, who won the Oscar for Best Original Song (Writing’s On The Wall), unintentionally put the Hollywood digital hotline into meltdown.
During his acceptance speech he said he had read an article by Sir Ian McKellen who Smith believed said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar.
“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.”
End of story? Not likely. There was plenty more to the script.
Obviously Smith was wrong. Musicians Elton John and Melissa Etheridge had come before him in the very same category. Among others, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black took home an Oscar for Milk in 2009.
So Black, along with numerous others, took to Twitter with a cryptic message to correct Smith.
“Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiance,” Black fired off, while adding a link to his 2009 Oscars speech.
Smith soon followed with a gracious apology.
“Apologies for the mix up @DLanceBlack I’ll be sure to check out your films now x Belated Congrats on the Oscar x.”
Naturally, Black was quick to clear the air.
“@SamSmith Congratulations. Drink water. Rest. But do check out some of the other Gay Oscar work out there. Some truly wonderful stuff,”he wrote.
“This has proven to be a lively day on Twitter. From humour to anger. The former my intent… in defence of history. Much love to all.”
Black had one final explanation for his Twitter followers: “Dear Internet: @TomDaley1994 and @samsmithworld are pals. They text. Thus my surprise Sam took me for a closet case! Feel free to laugh.”
So it seems all has been forgiven.
After an evening of partying, Smith had the final word.
“Second openly gay man to win an Oscar or third or fourth or 100th. It wasn’t my point,” he tweeted.
“My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who I love so dearly.”
On Instagram Smith posted: “I can’t put into words how I feel other than … hungover and insanely happy.”
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