Upon accepting his award for Best Adapted Screenplay, The Imitation Game screenwriter Graham Moore gave a heartfelt admission about his own experiences that led to writing a movie about legendary British codebreaker Alan Turing.
One of the dark elements of Turing’s life was his closeted homosexuality, that became a major issue when the British government convicted him for “indecency” in the 1950s and forced him to undergo chemical therapy to effectively castrate him. He died a few years after his conviction of cyanide poisoning.
Moore explained to the Oscars audience how Turing was an inspiration. “When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself, because I felt weird and different and I didn’t belong,” he said. But, he assured viewers, everyone belongs somewhere. It gets better, being the primary theme here.
“Stay weird, stay different,” he concluded to an ovation.
Watch below, via ABC:
UPDATE: Moore told reporters backstage that he is actually not gay and that he wanted to use the platform to speak on behalf of anyone who has ever felt different, weird, or having suicidal ideation. Applause.
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