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Stay Weird, Stay Different - Your Day Will Come

Stay Weird, Stay Different - Your Day Will Come

One moment that resonated and won the night: The Imitation Game writer Graham Moore’s Oscar acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Gary Nicholas
If a story is in you, it has to come out.

Graham Moore (born 1981) is an American screenwriter and author widely known for his New York Times Best Seller debut novel The Sherlockian, published in 2010.

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!"

“Every dream will be challenged!” The courage and persistence to keep going on, past hurdles and obstacles, is powered by purpose. Your purpose. There are naysayers and then there are the Achievers. Persist till you achieve your goals.

Oscar Awards 2014

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