The singer, who picked up an Oscar for Bond theme Writing’s on the Wall, inspired quite a reaction when he appeared to mistakenly assume he was the first openly gay man to win an Academy Award. When told that lyricist Howard Ashman was also an Oscar winner, Smith replied: “I should know him. We should date”, clearly unaware that Ashman had died of Aids in 1991.
Among others, Smith also overlooked screenwriter and director Dustin Lance Black – who won an Oscar for the screenplay for Milk in 2009 and is engaged to diver Tom Daley – prompting this response…
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