Mov­ing on up

From Gram­mys to Os­cars, Sam Smith is reach­ing new heights.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By MES­FIN FEKADU

THOUGH Sam Smith has min­gled with Hol­ly­wood’s elite thanks to the suc­cess of Writ­ing’s On The Wall – the Os­car- win­ning, Golden Globe- win­ning James Bond theme song – he feels like the glitz is just a bonus.

It was get­ting the OK to do the song that re­mains close to his heart.

“I don’t think very much of my­self most of the time, but when ( they) ask you to have a go at that, I was just like, ‘ I can’t be­lieve they’ve asked me’,” Smith re­called.

“Peo­ple ask if I was scared and I gen­uinely wasn’t. ... I think maybe be­cause in the back of my head I was think­ing it maybe wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen and just get­ting the chance to do it was amaz­ing be­cause I know there were other peo­ple pitch­ing songs.”

At 23, Smith is one of the youngest acts to win the Os­cars for Best Orig­i­nal Song. ( His com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, David Lang and J. Ralph.)

It took just a day to pen the song, which he wrote with his Stay With Me col­lab­o­ra­tor Jimmy Napes, he said. “And then the strings took six months; the pro­duc­tion took ,” S ith ad ed

How does it feel to be an Os­car nom­i­nee and now a win­ner?

All the awards are just a huge bonus and I just find it fas­ci­nat­ing, get­ting to see all th­ese ac­tors and sit­ting near Leonardo DiCaprio at lunches and ( stuff ) like that.

Did it feel ex­tra spe­cial do­ing a Bond theme song since you are Bri­tish?

It feels like the ul­ti­mate film song. ... It was on my bucket list as my ul­ti­mate dream.

Was it dif­fer­ent writ­ing

com­pared to your al­bum songs?

It was and it wasn’t. I worked with Jimmy Napes so it was ac­tu­ally the same. In terms of the con­tent, lyri­cally, yes. We read the script and I pur­posely wanted to make this song re­ally vul­ner­a­ble ... that’s what I am as an artiste and it’s what I do and how I speak and I didn’t want to have to change that. I wanted it to be a Sam SmithBond song.

What’s it like com­pet­ing with Lady Gaga for Best Orig­i­nal Song?

I’m just hon­oured hon­estl stand­ing next to he so wa . and I queued to watch Lady Gaga sing when I was 17 years old overnight in Lon­don. And I just keep go­ing back to that mo­ment: That was me in that ( ex­ple­tive) queue and now I’m stand­ing next to her be­ing nom­i­nated. ... It’s very, very sur­real. ... She is, to me, the def­i­ni­tion of an en­ter­tainer.

At the Golden Globes, you seemed re­ally sur­prised when you won.

Me and Jimmy, we came to LA two days be­fore; I think we were drunk per­ma­nently for four days. Nor­mally I’m in­sanely pro­fes­sional and I’m like “don’t drink” and I’m all pre­pared and fresh.

I was like, “We are not win­ning this. Let’s just have fun and en­joy this mo­ment and have fun with it.”

I gen­uinely had no idea. I just couldn’t be­lieve it. I think I was just drunk all night ( laughs).

Are go­ing to the film awards shows dif­fer­ent than the mu­sic ones?

It’s very dif­fer­ent. I don’t know if I’m wrong in say­ing this but it feels more elite, if that’s the word. It feels more like, “Wow.” And also, do you know what it is? It’s kin­der. That’s what I found. It was a kin­der at­mos­phere. I felt like all the ac­tors knew each other and worked with each other in the past, and it was just a nicer at­mos­phere; just a lot friend­lier.

Not to say that the Gram­mys aren’t friendly, but ev­ery­one was like sit­ting around the ta­ble, hav­ing a drink, chat­ting to each other; whereas the Gram­mys are very n- and- out, and

’ e like sit- for a bit and then go­ing in and then sit­ting there.

What was it like re­turn­ing to the Gram­mys this month af­ter win­ning big last year?

It’s strange. I feel more to­gether for sure. I feel like I got my head on my shoul­ders a bit. This time last year would have been af­ter the Gram­mys – it was ac­tu­ally one of my dark­est mo­ments ac­tu­ally.

The Gram­mys were the hap­pi­est I’ve been, and then straight af­ter I went into a pit of sad­ness for a bit. So, yeah, I feel a lot bet­ter now.

Why were you sad?

I’m a melan­choly per­son, so I feel like when you go through a happy mo­ment that in­cred­i­ble, then after­ward the only way is down a lit­tle bit. I was just go­ing throu h a

The orig­i­nal and hud­gens. — AP

stars ( from left) Bleu, Cole­man, Efron, Tis­dale

Napes ( left) and smith won the Os­car for Best Orig­i­nal song for

— reuters

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