When Sam Smith took the Oscar stage on Sunday night to perform his nominated song "Writing’s on the Wall," it didn’t go great. Twitter had a minor freak out over what many think is an, at best, perfectly average James Bond theme. It turns out that the Oscar performance had another major critic who thought it was complete crap. Sam Smith himself.
Whether or not you’re a fan of Sam Smith, James Bond themes, "Writing’s on the Wall," or simply the Oscar performance of it, it seemed everybody was finding something to dislike when Smith was on stage during the Academy Awards. We covered the general Twitter flip out that occurred as the song went on. However, for what it’s worth, Sam Smith told the BBC that he thought his performance was pretty terrible as well.
It was the worst moment of my life. Singing was horrible. I hated every minute.
Without any additional context, it’s hard to figure out exactly what it was that Sam Smith didn’t like. When he says "singing was horrible" he could be referring to not liking how he sounded, or he could be talking about the act of singing itself. He may have just hated being out there at that particular moment. Of course, the performance was presumably the last thing on his mind later in the evening, as the song did eventually win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
"Writing’s on the Wall" was the theme created for Spectre, the most recent Bond movie to star Daniel Craig. It also seems to be one of the more divisive James Bond themes that we can remember. Here at Cinema Blend we had at least one writer who was absolutely spitting nails over the fact that the song won an Oscar. Additionally, many people who already like the song seemed to admit that the Oscar performance was a rather poor rendition of the tune. What do you think? Give it a listen.
This Sam Smith song was the second consecutive theme from a James Bond movie to win the Oscar for Best Original Song, as Adele’s "Skyfall" saw the same success a couple of years ago. Was the Academy Award deserved, or was there another song that should have won? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.