Sam Smith has admitted he regrets comments he made while accepting the Academy Award for Best Song in 2016.
Sam Smith regrets mistakenly claiming he was the first openly gay man to win an Academy Award during his speech at the prestigious ceremony in 2016.
The 'Writing's On The Wall' singer was honoured with the Best Song gong for the 'Spectre' hit, and while he was very proud to be recognised for the 'James Bond' theme, the moment was soured by the backlash to his comments as he accepted the prize.
Speaking at the time, he said: ''I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar.''
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The British Olympic diver and American filmmaker are getting married later this year.
A video of the Olympic diver stripping on Snapchat has reportedly been leaked online, but speaking to The Sun, Daley said he and Black’s relationship is now back on track.
Tom Daley and fiancé Dustin Lance Black
Tom revealed on 'This Morning', while showing off his cooking skills, that he and Dustin will be tying the knot in 2017.
Appearing on ‘This Morning’ on Thursday (January 5th), the 22 year old athlete told hosts Davina McCall and Phillip Schofield that planning was under way when asked what the state of play was. The couple announced their engagement back in October 2015, but 42 year old screenwriter Black said that the wedding wouldn’t take place until after the Rio Olympic Games.
“Yes, I’m in the middle of planning all that with Lance. It’s been really fun, it’s a really fun time and an exciting time,” he replied.
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Smith took home the best original song award for 'Spectre' theme ‘Writings On The Wall’.
Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black gave Sam Smith a very public reminder that he’s not the first openly gay person to win an Oscar, after the singer made the faux pas during his acceptance speech at Sunday night’s ceremony. Black, who won an Oscar for best original screenplay in 2009 for Milk, tweeted Smith after his speech, also telling the singer to stop texting his fiancé, British diver Tom Daley.
Sam Smith and ‘Writings On The Wall’ co-writer Jimmy Napes.
“Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé,” Black tweeted, while also including a link to a video of his 2009 win.
Tom Daley is engaged to Dustin Lance Black.
Tom Daley, the British diver and Olympic Gold medallist, and director Dustin Lance Black are engaged! Their engagement was announced in The Times newspaper in the Births, Marriages and Deaths section on Thursday (1st October).
Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black at the Pride of Britain Awards in London, September 2015.
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This may be a relatively straightforward documentary about a lengthy legal case, but it carries such a powerful emotional kick that it forces the audience to see the bigger picture. For that reason, this is essential viewing: both as an exploration of how the American legal system works and as a personal story of people standing up for compassion and equality.
The ball starts rolling on the day Barack Obama was first elected US President in 2008, the same day California voted in favour of Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. Over the next five years, an unlikely legal team came together made up of Ted Olson and David Boies, well-known respectively as the Republican and Democrat who went head-to-head on another extremely high-profile case: the contested Bush v Gore election in 2000. Working with two couples (Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeffrey Zarrillo) who are willing to stand as claimants, they escalate the case up through a series of appeals, arguments, hearings and courtroom battles, all the way to the Supreme Court, which repealed Prop 8 in June 2013.
Filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White lay the events out chronologically, using interviews with the people involved, plus access to all kinds of media material and backstage drama. But instead of going for a flashy editing style, they let the people tell their own stories, which adds a compelling emotional angle. It's impossible not to see these couples' bravery in the face of outrageous abuse, and there's a terrific sense of momentum as the case moves forward, with moments that are gripping, moving and even thrilling, even though we know where it's heading. Along the way, the film brings out fresh angles on an issue we think we know forward and backward, pointing out why using words like "traditional" to describe marriage is essentially meaningless. As historical scholar Nancy Cott argued in court, "Marriage has never been universally defined as a union of one man and one woman, and ... religion has never had any bearing on the legality of a marriage."
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The LGBT Rights advocate gives his thoughts
The movie version of Orsen Scott Card’s Ender’s Game has faced controversy from its inception, largely due to the homophobic views of the writer himself. But Dustin Lance Black – the writer of gay civil rights biopic Milk – has spoken against the boycott of Ender’s Game started by the gay community.
Dustin Lance Black is a prominent figure for gay rights
Scott-Card has spoken out about gay rights and same sex marriage before, and upholds his views to his day. Because of that, Geeks Out – a US activist group – attempted to create a boycott campaign against the movie, urging people not to support it in anyway. This boycott has been labelled misguided by Lance-Black. "There's so much good to be done right now," he wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.
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John Edgar Hoover (DiCaprio) was only 29 when he became director of the Bureau of Investigation (later the FBI), and he ruled supreme until his death in 1972, holding eight US presidents in the palm of his hand with his notorious files of personal secrets. But he also had loyal friends, including his secretary Helen (Watts) and his right-hand man Clyde (Hammer). As a young man, his mother (Dench) instilled in him a hatred of liberalism and homosexuality, so his enemies included Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy (Donovan) and himself.
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In 1994, Cuban-born Pedro Zamora (Loynaz) was cast in MTV's Real World because producers wanted to shake things up with a housemate who was HIV-positive. At 21, this bright young man is already an outspoken gay activist, and the reality show house is split when the homophobic Puck (Barr) turns on him. But the rest of the residents come over to Pedro's side, and by the time he dies of Aids-related causes while the programme is airing, they have taken up his campaign.
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Milk finds experimental auteur Gus Van Sant taking cautious steps back toward the mainstream to celebrate Harvey's accomplishments. Van Sant's tender human-interest story, which showcases Sean Penn's considerable talents, is a closer relative to earlier efforts such as Finding Forrester or Good Will Hunting than to recent, abstruse features like Elephant, the spare Gerry, or the haunting Last Days.
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