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News |  29 Feb 2016 11:53 |  By RnMTeam

Sam Smith, Ennio Morricone pick up coveted Oscars

MUMBAI: Grammy Award-winning singer Sam Smith picked up the Best Original Song Oscar for ‘Writing's on the Wall’ from the James Bond movie ‘Spectre’. Smith shared the award with Jimmy Napes.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ fetched two awards - Mark Mangini and David White walked away with the Best Sound Editing Oscar, while Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloof and Ben Osmo bagged the Best Sound Mixing Oscar.

Best Music (Original Score) Oscar went to Ennio Morricone for ‘The Hateful Eight’. The veteran composer, who has been in the Oscar reckoning six times earlier, finally collected his due honour on Sunday evening.

Smith dedicated his first Academy Award to the LGBT community. The British star also performed the James Bond theme song, whose music and lyrics were given by Jimmy Napes and Smith, at the ceremony hosted by Chris Rock.

Smith beat out frontrunner singer Lady Gaga for the win. "I actually can't breathe right now. Gaga you're incredible," he said while accepting the award. "I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man. I hope we can stand all together as equals one day."

Among the performances, Lady Gaga took the stage alongside dozens of survivors of sexual abuse for her performance of ‘Till It Happens to You’. Gaga and Diane Warren were nominated on behalf of ‘The Hunting Ground’, a documentary about a series of sexual assaults on American college campuses.

She received a standing ovation for the performance, but lost the Oscar a while later to Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes. Last year, Gaga had delivered an operatic ‘The Sound of Music’ medley at the 2015 ceremony.

Among the other Oscars, British filmmaker of Indian origin Asif Kapadia bagged the Best Documentary Feature Oscar for ‘Amy’, based on the life of late singer Amy Winehouse.

Actress Daisy Ridley and British actor of Indian descent Dev Patel handed over the trophy to the film's producer James Gay-Rees and director Kapadia, who won a Grammy Award for ‘Amy’ earlier this month.

The documentary uses archive footage to tell the story of the ‘Rehab’ hitmaker's life and premature death. She died at the age of 27.

These are the first Academy Award nominations and win for Kapadia and Gay-Rees. The film also won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) honour.