Sam Smith Dismisses Criticism Over Oscars Speech: 'Second Openly Gay Man to Win an Oscar or Third or Fourth or 100th. It Wasn't My Point'

02/29/2016 AT 02:10 PM EST



Sam Smith is defending his Oscars speech.

Sunday night, the British crooner took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song – and when he accepted the trophy, he mistakenly assumed he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. After celebrating his big win, the singer, 23, explained his speech on Twitter.











"So hungover. genuinely feels like a dream," he began an onslaught of posts on the social media platform.

"Second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn't my point ... My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who i love so dearly," he added.

Shortly after Smith finished his speech, viewers – including 2009 Best Original Screenplay winner and out-and-proud writer-director Dustin Lance Black – called him out on social media for his remarks.

"Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé," 41-year-old Black (who is engaged to British Olympic diver Tom Daley) tweeted Sunday night, later adding: "THE POINT: knowing our LGBTQ history is important. We stand on the shoulders of countless brave men and women who paved the way for us."

Smith also said sorry to Black but didn't address his comments about texting Daley, 21.

"Apologies for the mix up @DLanceBlack I'll be sure to check out your films now x Belated Congrats on the Oscar x," he said.

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Shortly after Smith dismissed the backlash, Black responded to him on Twitter, posting: "Congratulations. Drink water. Rest. But do check out some of the other Gay Oscar work out there. Some truly wonderful stuff."



The whole debacle began with a quote he took out of context from a story.

"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," Smith said accepting his award onstage. "If this is the case – even if it isn't the case – I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world."

Daley has yet to respond to Black's tweet about Smith texting him.
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