Saturday 23 September 2017

Praise for 'stay weird' speech

Graham Moore's Oscar speech was quickly repeated on social media (AP)
Graham Moore's Oscar speech was quickly repeated on social media (AP)

Graham Moore may not be the best known of the Oscar winners but his acceptance speech was greeted as one of the most inspiring by viewers.

He confessed to a suicide attempt at the age of 16 because he "felt weird" and "didn't belong" but told those listening to "stay weird, stay different".

His message was quickly repeated on social media while listeners described his words as "brave" and the "best speech of the night".

Scottish actor John Barrowman was among those whose who praised him, writing: "Graham Moore, well said young man. Stay weird. Best advice ever."

Dawson's Creek actor James Van Der Beek said: "For me, moments like this are why the Oscars exist."

Moore won the statuette for best adapted screenplay for The Imitation Game which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing.

Turing, who worked as a Second World War code breaker at Bletchley Park, died from cyanide poisoning in an apparent suicide in 1954.

Instead of being hailed a hero, Turing, whose work at Manchester University saw him hailed as the father of modern computing, was persecuted for his homosexuality and he was convicted in 1952 for gross indecency with another man. He was given a posthumous royal pardon in 2013.

Turing has been described as a quirky character by those who knew him.

Moore told the audience: "When I was 16-years-old I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and different and I felt I didn't belong."

He told anyone who was feeling that they did not belong: "You do, I promise you do."

He added: "Stay weird, stay different."

Press Association

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