John Legend and Common had the audience in tears on Sunday at the 87th Academy Awards, but they weren’t the only ones who packed a powerful punch. Graham Moore also delivered an important message with his moving acceptance speech. While accepting his win for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, Graham warned those listening about suicide and depression and begged for those who have ever felt different to “stay weird.”
"Here's the thing," Moore said after thanking Oprah Winfrey, who presented him with the statue. "Alan Turing never got to stand on a stage like this and look out at all of these disconcertingly attractive faces. I do! And that's the most unfair thing I've ever heard,” he said, referring to the British mathematician and cryptanalyst whom the flick revolves around and who killed himself after being prosecuted for being gay in 1954.
"So in this brief time here, what I wanted to do was say this: When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong,” he told the audience. “And now I'm standing here, and so I would like this moment to be for this kid out there who feels like she's weird or she's different or she doesn't fit in anywhere."
"Yes, you do. I promise you do," he continued. "Stay weird, stay different, and then, when it's your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along,” he powerfully concluded before saying “Thank you” and exiting the stage.
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