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Graham Moore Delivers Moving Speech at the 2015 Oscars [VIDEO]

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It’s one thing to receive an Oscar. It’s another thing to receive one during the 2015 Oscars from the likes of a legendary figure like Oprah Winfrey. But that’s exactly what happened to Graham Moore when he won the Best Adapted Screenplay Award for Imitation Game. And while he took the time to thank the people who helped make the film possible — and also Oprah, because how could you not — he also used his platform to share a deeply intimate story of his own, and to encourage kids everywhere to “stay weird.”

He said:

So here’s the thing. Alan Turing never got to stand on a stage like this and look out at all these disconcertingly attractive faces and I do and that’s the most unfair thing I think I’ve ever heard. So in this brief time here, what I wanna use it to do is to 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. So I’d 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 that comes along. Thank you so much.

His speech was received with a standing ovation, and we’re totally behind every word.

Be sure to keep an eye out for all of PopCrush’s 2015 Oscars coverage (and commentary!) by keeping tabs on our Twitter! You can also take a look at our Oscar winners predictions here and the actual winners list that’ll be updated throughout the night here!

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