Graham Moore’s Confessions Of Suicide
Graham Moore gave a brave and heart felt acceptance speech at the 87th annual Academy Awards Sunday night when he won his first Academy award, calling attention to suicide by confessing that he had once tried to take his own life.
The Imitation Game screenwriter, won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, took his opportunity on the stage to reveal the struggles that he once faced when he was a teenager.
“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,” he said to the audience. “And now I am standing here.
“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. Stay weird, stay different,” he continued.”When it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person that comes along.”
Moore’s speech was not just honest; his vulnerability was inspirational and quite funny as he reacted when receiving his statue for Best Adapted Screenplay was one of awe. “Thank you so much to the Academy and to Oprah, um, for this.”
Moore’s admission was so moving that not only did move many to tears, he also received a standing ovation from the audience the inside Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre. The an abundance of praise from social media users was still going on way into the night, many stating that they were moved and inspired by Moore’s powerful words.