This Was The Best, Most Courageous Speech At The Oscars
Patricia Arquette may have had an empowering speech last night, standing up for women everywhere, but Graham Moore's words certainly required the most courage.
Instead of running through the usual list of thank you's when first-time nominee Moore won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on The Imitation Game, he decided to devote his allotted 45 seconds to raising awareness about suicide.
In what may be one of the bravest speeches in Oscar history, the writer opened up about his suicidal past:
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. And now I'm standing here and so I would like for this moment to be for that 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. You do. Stay weird, stay different. And then when it's your turn and you're standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.
Moore was inspired by the man at the center of The Imitation Game, Alan Turing, who helped crack an impossible German code during World War II and never received the credit he was due because he was openly gay. At 41 years old, Turing took his own life.
Though many assumed that Moore was gay because of his connection to Turing, he told BuzzFeed News, "I'm not gay, but I've never talked publicly about depression before or any of that, and that was so much of what the movie was about, and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much.
"I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons. Alan had his share of them and I had my own, and that's what always moved me so much about his story."
You can (and should) watch his entire speech below, if you haven't already seen it:So stay strange, everyone. We've all got quirks. Thank you, Graham Moore, for reminding us of that — and that it's more than OK to ask for help if you need it.
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