Sam Smith Calls Oscar Performance ‘The Worst Moment’ of His Life

Sam Smith Oscar Preformance

Although Sam Smith took home Oscar gold last night, he was less than thrilled with his performance.

“It was the worst moment of my life,” the singer told the BBC. “Singing was horrible. I hated every minute.”

Smith won the best original song Academy Award for his tune “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme in the latest James Bond film, “Spectre.” His win was considered one of the bigger surprises of the night as he beat out Lady Gaga and Diane Warren’s “Til It Happens to You,” from the documentary “The Hunting Ground.”


Sam Smith Upsets Lady Gaga for Best Original Song Oscar

The night didn’t get better for Smith. During his acceptance speech, he dedicated his award to the LGBT community and (incorrectly) implied that he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar.

“I read an article a few months ago, by Sir Ian McKellen, and he said no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, and if this is the case — and even if it isn’t the case — I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world,” he said alongside Jimmy Napes.

Smith appears to have read McKellen’s comments incorrectly. In January, speaking about the best actor category, McKellen told the Guardian, “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance.”

Smith was not the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. Elton John, Dustin Lance Black, Howard Ashman and Scott Rudin were all openly gay when they accepted their statues.

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    1. coni says:

      I agree; it WAS horrible. His speech after winning REALLy made me sick. Shut UP & SING; quit imposing your opinions & lifestyle upon the rest of us.

    2. Chainsol says:

      He didn’t claim to be. It’s written there very clearly in his statement. Just gotta sling mud even when you don’t have any, don’t you?

    3. The Truth says:

      The proposed theme song for Spectre by Radiohead was rejected by the film’s producers. Vastly superior to any of the Oscar-nominated numbers. Check it out on

    4. Ron Pulliam says:

      But…he did, in fact, report Sir Ian’s comment correctly. Did he not? Sir Ian did say exactly that. Or did this article leave out something of Sir Ian’s comment?

    5. Candice says:

      Not only did the performance stink up the joint, the song itself is dreadful. The Oscar voting really does need a major shake-up. It’s horrid.

    6. Hello Larry says:

      Sam Smith is actually a great singer but the song wasn’t a good fit for him unfortunately. I love Bond songs too but there hasn’t been a good one too me since Die Another Day.

    7. Stephen Runnels says:

      Actually, this is a great song and Sam Smith deserves his award. He just can’t sing it properly. Try listening to Jackie Evancho perform “Writing’s on the Wall” to see what I mean. :)

    8. Mason says:

      oh, vaffanculo. request someone be fired? you’re talking about someone’s livelihood. the writer didn’t suggest we lynch Sam Smith. find something constructive to do with your time.

    9. Derek fleming says:

      That song sucks

    10. Hemlock Row says:

      Whole time I am watching him I am thinking, dang, wish I could sing a tenth as good.

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