February 29, 2016


Sam Smith Wins Best Original Song at 2016 Oscars

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Sam Smith pulled off the upset at the 88th annual Academy Awards, with "Writing's On The Wall" winning Best Original Song for SpectreLady Gaga's "Til It Happens To You," from The Hunting Ground, was a heavy favorite in the category.

“I actually can’t breathe right now," Smith told the audience at the Oscars. Smith called Gaga "incredible" in his acceptance speech, and dedicated his win to the LGBT community: "I stand here tonight as a proud gay man, and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day.”

Pop music rules! Or so it did at the 2016 Oscars. The category for Best Original Song was surprisingly pop-heavy, with Smith, The Weeknd and Gaga all snagging noms for "Writing's on the Wall," from Spectre, the latest James Bond film, "Earned It," from Fifty Shades of Grey and "Til It Happens to You," from the documentary The Hunting Ground, respectively. 

David Lang's "Simple Song #3," from Youth and Antony Hegarty (leader of Antony and the Johnsons) and J. Ralph's "Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction, a documentary that also features music by Sia, were also nominated. There could only be one winner, of course, and that was Smith.

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