'Stay Weird, Stay Different': This Oscar Winner Is Our New Hero
Seeing as the Oscars are the final stop in a dizzying lineup of awards shows, we're a little over the whole acceptance speech thing. But there was one Oscars speech that truly stood out tonight (Feb. 22) and melted our jaded hearts. To put it simply, it was beautiful.
Graham Moore took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Imitation Game," the story of Alan Turing, the father of modern computing, who helped end World War II but was then prosecuted less than a decade later for being gay. First, Moore thanked Oprah -- as one does -- but then things took a more inspiring turn.
"Here's the thing," Moore said, holding his Oscar. "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.
"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," Moore added.
And if you weren't already sobbing to yourself, what Moore said next was truly galvanizing.
"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. 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. Thank you so much!"
No, thank you, Mr. Moore.