The soul singer and his collaborator Jimmy Napes beat out competition from the likes of Lady Gaga and The Weeknd to claim the Best Original Song honour for their Spectre theme tune, Writing's on the Wall.

As Sam stepped up to the podium to collect the prize, he namechecked the veteran actor for an article he had recently written about the lack of openly gay Academy Award winners, and then dedicated his gold statuette to the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

"I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen that said that no openly gay man had ever owned an Oscar and if this is the case, even if it isn't the case, I wanna dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world," Sam told the audience. "I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day."

Sir Ian had actually only been referring to the main acting categories, as Sir Elton John, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, and producer Scott Rudin have all won various Oscars in the past.

Sam later learned of the clarification and, after partying the night away, he took to Twitter on Monday (29Feb16) to clear up the controversy.

"So hungover. genuinely feels like a dream," he began, before adding: "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 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community who i love so dearly."

Meanwhile, Sir Ian has also tweeted about the misquoted article, although he insists Sam's win shouldn't be celebrated any less because of the distinction.

"I'd said no openly gay actor had received #Oscars," he clarified, but continued, "that doesn't detract from @samsmithworld achievement. Congratulations to him & all others!"