‘When I Was 16 Years Old I Tried to Kill Myself…’ Wins Best Acceptance Speech at the Oscars

Feb 23, 2015 at 11:52 am |

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Stay weird, stay different.

Screenwriter Graham Moore won the Oscar at the academy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 22) for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Imitation Game, but he also won our hearts.

After having his name called and being handed an Oscar from Oprah, the writer gave a very emotional and moving acceptance speech.

The New York Times Best Selling author brought tears to eyes after he openly admitted that when he was 16 years old, he tried to commit suicide. The omission was so unexpected, that you couldn’t help but feel your heart sink in your chest.

After Moore proved that you should never give up on yourself, he continued to inspire by telling people that feel weird and different to “stay weird, stay different.” His words immediately drew applause, and the audience erupted out of their seats for a standing ovation. Cameras in the crowd then caught celebrities with watery eyes and tears rolling down their faces as they did with Keira Knightley and Keith Urban.

Soon after the speech, social media was buzzing with a new hashtag. Inspired from Moore, #stayweird began trending.

In a world where so many of us are scrutinized and judged, Moore truly described what the staple to perseverance is – to #stayweird.

Need more proof? Lady Gaga’s breathtaking “Sound of Music” tribute should set you straight.


Stay weird, stay different. Try not to get emotional to this writer’s acceptance speech from the Oscars…