Imitation Game Scribe Graham Moore Reveals Suicide Attempt at 16, Dedicates Oscar to ''the Kid Out There Who Feels She's Weird''

Winner for Best Adaptaed Screenplay gives moving speech

By Natalie Finn Feb 23, 2015 4:50 AMTags
Graham Moore, 2015 Academy Awards, WinnerROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Graham Moore just won hearts and minds in addition to an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

And to think, we were already sold when he began with "Thank you so much to the Academy—and to Oprah—for this," referring to Ms. Winfrey, who had just presented him with his deserved honor for penning The Imitation Game.

But then he positively blew us—and the audience, which gave him a standing ovation—away with the rest of his speech, paying tribute to Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician who was instrumental in helping the Allies win World War II but was then prosecuted in his native England less than a decade later for being gay, and to those who may be struggling at this very moment.

"Here's the thing," Moore continued. "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. 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, Graham, thank you.