Sunday night’s Oscars brought a lot to the table, but one winner’s speech was so captivating it inspired a viral hashtag — #stayweird — that went wild on social media during the award show.
Graham Moore, who was crowned the winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie “The Imitation Game,” shared a story of personal struggle during his moment in the limelight.
“The Imitation Game,” based on the life of computer scientist Alan Turing, focuses on Turing’s dedication to innovation, but how he was ultimately prosecuted for being gay.
Moore accepted the award (and thanked Oprah), with an incredible message:
“Here’s the thing. 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,” Moore began. “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!”
The tweets came rolling in:
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