Sam Smith wins Oscar for his James Bond Spectre theme song Writing's On The Wall

The singer joins Adele in becoming the second Bond theme song to win an Academy Award.

Sam Smith has won the prize for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars, for his James Bond Spectre theme song Writing's On The Wall. 

The singer-songwriter and his producer Jimmy Napes fought off strong competition from fellow nominees including Lady Gaga with her song Til It Happens to You; while The Weeknd’s Earned It, from Fifty Shades of Grey, was also hotly tipped for the award.

Writing's On The Wall became the first ever Bond theme to top the Official Singles Chart last year. Talking to Official Charts at the time, he said: "It was such an honour to be asked to write and record Writing’s On The Wall and it’s incredible that it’s become the first Number 1 Bond theme song.

"It’s been an unforgettable experience working with Barbara [Broccoli] and Sam [Mendes] to become part of this British legacy. I couldn’t have done this without my fans – this is a special moment I’ll never forget."

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Smith joins Adele as the only other artist to bag an Academy Award for a Bond theme, following her win in 2013.

Other tracks that were up for the Best Song award were Simple Song #3 by Sumi Jo, Viktoria Mullova and the BBC Orchestra from Youth, and Manta Ray by J Ralph and Antony from the film Racing Extinction. 

Meanwhile, Amy Winehouse film Amy won Best Documentary, beating the likes of What Happened, Miss Simone?. 

The full list of winners from this year's Oscars appear below: 

Best picture

Winner: Spotlight

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant


Best actor

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant

Bryan Cranston - Trumbo

Matt Damon - The Martian

Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl

Best actress

Winner: Brie Larson - Room

Cate Blanchett - Carol

Jennifer Lawrence - Joy

Charlotte Rampling - 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn

Best supporting actor

Winner: Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies

Christian Bale - The Big Short

Tom Hardy - The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight

Sylvester Stallone - Creed

Best supporting actress

Winner: Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl

Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara - Carol

Rachel McAdams - Spotlight

Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs

Best director

Winner: Alejandro Inarritu - The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson - Room

Tom McCarthy - Spotlight

Adam McKay - The Big Short

George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road

Best adapted screenplay

Winner: The Big Short



The Martian


Best original screenplay

Winner: Spotlight

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Straight Outta Compton

Best animated film

Winner: Inside Out


Boy and the World

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Best foreign language film

Winner: Son of Saul - Hungary

Embrace of the Serpent - Colombia

Mustang - France

Theeb - Jordan

A War - Denmark

Best animated short

Winner: Bear Story


Sanjay's Super Team

We Can't Live without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

Best cinematography

Winner: The Revenant


The Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road


Best costume design

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road



The Danish Girl

The Revenant

Best documentary feature

Winner: Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Best documentary short

Winner: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Body Team 12

Chau, Beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Last Day of Freedom

Best editing

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

The Big Short

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best live action short

Winner: Stutterer

Ave Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)


Best make-up and hair

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

Best original score

Winner: The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone

Bridge of Spies



Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best original song

Winner: Writing's on the Wall, Sam Smith - Spectre

Earned It, The Weeknd - Fifty Shades of Grey

Manta Ray, J Ralph & Antony - Racing Extinction

Simple Song #3, Sumi Jo - Youth

Til It Happens To You, Lady Gaga - The Hunting Ground

Best production design

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

The Martian

The Revenant

Best sound editing

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best sound mixing

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Bridge of Spies

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best visual effects

Winner: Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Article Image: Rex/Shuttershock

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