Smith dedicated the award to the LGBT community after remarking that he’d been told that no openly gay person had ever won an Oscar, “even if it isn’t the case.” (In fact, it is not. Elton John was out before he won an Oscar with Tim Rice in 1995 for Lion King. Melissa Etheridge and Dustin Lance Black are also among the LGBT winners).
“I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day,” he added.
Smith also praised his fellow nominees, singling out Lady Gaga fresh off her show-stopping performance of “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground.