Sam Smith won big at the 88th annual Academy Awards. The singer was nominated for his song "Writing's on The Wall," which was featured in "Spectre."
Smith, was nominated alongside Antony Hegarty featuring J. Ralph ("Manta Ray"), The Weeknd ("Earned It"), David Lang ("Simple Song #3") and Lady Gaga ("'Til It Happens to You"). During his acceptance speech he thanked fans, as well as the motion picture academy, while touching on the subject of diversity. Smith shared with the audience that he was told that no openly gay stars had taken home an Oscar before Sunday's show.
"I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said 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. I stand here tonight as a proud gay many and I hope we can all stand here together as equals one day," he said.
This marks Smith's first Academy Award win. He has, however, won four Grammys, two Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, several Billboard Music Awards and a BET Award. "The Writing's on The Wall" was co-written with Jimmy Napes.