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Sam Smith defends himself over Oscars speech criticism

Sam Smith has responded to criticism surrounding his Oscars speech.

The singer picked up the Best Original Song prize at the film ceremony on Sunday (February 28) for his James Bond theme 'Writing's On The Wall'.

In his speech, the Brit said he had read that no openly gay men had ever won an Oscar, making him the first.

However, no openly gay men have topped the main acting categories, but the likes of screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and Elton John have previously won.

Writing on Twitter post-Oscars, Smith said he just wanted to celebrate the LGBT community.

He said: "So hungover. Genuinely feels like a dream.

"Second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn't my point.

"My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who I love so dearly."

Smith also said he would watch films made by award-winner Black. who criticised the singer on Twitter.

The Brit also performed on the night, but he later admitted it was the "worst moment" of his life as he tackled the song's high notes.

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Watch Sam Smith at the Oscars below:


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