The Academy Awards were back last night with a glamurous show and once again, James Bond was part of it. Nominated for Best Original Song, “Writing’s on the Wall” and its performer Sam Smith might not have been everybody’s favourite James Bond title song since release but success cannot be denied. First came the Golden Globe Award, now the Oscar.
Sam Smith beat the bookies’ favourite Lady Gaga who brilliantly performed her nominated song “Till it happens to you” from the documentary feature “The Hunting Ground”. The performance of 23 year old British singer Sam Smith however seemed slightly odd and out of tune in places, with Smith strangely swinging from left to right during his on-stage performance which could make you quite dizzy while watching.
Nevertheless, this is the second Oscar win for Best Original Song of the James Bond film series after Adele had previously won the award for her powerful theme song “Skyfall” in 2013. Three more songs from the Bond series have been nominated throughout the years, namely “Live and Let Die” in 1973, “Nobody Does It Better” in 1977 as well as “For Your Eyes Only” in 1981.
Naturally, the Oscar win and the performance sparked Twitter frenzy – also because of the acceptance speech in which Smith quoted actor Sir Ian McKellen in saying that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar. A little fact check wouldn’t have hurt since he obviously misunderstood what McKellen had really said. Here are some of the Twitter reactions that popped up:
— Cliff Summerhill (@CliffSummerhill) 29. Februar 2016
— Mark Nelsen (@mark_nelsen) 29. Februar 2016
— M. Rocca (@kenoshablue) 29. Februar 2016
— Shruthi J (@Bleufeenix) 29. Februar 2016
EVERYONE — What Sir Ian McKellen actually said was no openly gay actors have won Oscars (which is true). Sam Smith misunderstood.
— Nathaniel Rogers (@nathanielr) 29. Februar 2016
Don’t want to join the dull Sam Smith backlash – just wish his Bond theme was as powerful as his acceptance speech for it at the #Oscars
— cameron adams (@cameron_adams) 29. Februar 2016
— brent beare (@brentbeare) 29. Februar 2016
— Michelle Morio (@_morios) 29. Februar 2016
— Mark O’Connell (@Mark0Connell) 29. Februar 2016