Screenwriter Graham Moore wins Academy Award and gives powerful acceptance speech

Graham Moore gave a moving acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. (x)

Graham Moore gave a moving acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. (x)

Screenwriter Graham Moore won for Best Adapted Screenplay at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. Moore won for The Imitation Game, the biopic of the late Alan Turing.

Moore saw his speech as an opportunity to discuss his own struggles. “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 said. “And now, I’m standing here and 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 are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

Turing, who was openly gay, was a cryptanalyst and British mathematician who helped solve the Enigma code during World War II. He was prosecuted for homosexuality in Britain and committed suicide in 1954 at 41 years old.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 in the U.S. More information can be found at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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