Oh, Oscars night. Before we get to the steaming kettle in the room, let’s recap the night’s big winners.
To the glee of print journalists everywhere, Spotlight took Best Picture. Mark Ruffalo and Amy Adams were among the all-star ensemble on stage, who portrayed real-life Boston Globe reporters as they uncovered gross neglect by Boston’s archdiocese. The film also won for Original Screenplay, and Mark Ruffalo made a very cheeky wink at the camera later in the show.
The Revenant was Oscar night’s other big winner, no surprise here. The epic drama was a shoe-in for Cinematography, and director Alejandro Iñárritu won Best Director for the second time, following last year’s Best Director win for Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.
The Revenant‘s leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio, finally took home an Oscar for Best Actor, while Brie Larson took Best Actress for Room, spurring a lot of jokes about baked Brie on Twitter. Alicia Vikander clapped hands on an Oscar, too, for her portrayal of Gerda Wegener in the year’s trans breakout film, The Danish Girl. Rounding out the actors was Mark Rylance for Supporting Actor in Bridge of Spies.
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Now, for the tea. Sam Smith, who won Best Original Song for his Spectre track “Writing’s on the Wall,” really missed the mark on his acceptance speech. After questioning out loud, mind you, whether he was the first gay person to ever win an Oscar, Smith dedicated his award to the vague LGBT community at large.
Since last night, many have taken to Twitter to offer amendments to Smith’s statement about being the “first,” including a disgruntled Dustin Lance Black, who won the Oscar for Milk in 2009. The general sentiment is that Smith had little excuse in not doing his research, and came off pretty self-servingly.
Black came for Smith Revenant-style on Twitter this morning with a tweet that left us snatched:
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) February 29, 2016
Will Melissa Etheridge be the next Oscar–winner to come out the woodwork? Click here for an onslaught of shady GIFs and Twitter commentary on #SmithGate, and report back as this story progresses.