Graham Moore is the 31-year-old author of one best-selling novel, one screenplay in production with Benedict Cumberbatch, another novel in the works, and a just-finished screen adaptation of The Devil in the White City. He still thinks about quitting.
If there’s one message Graham Moore wants you to learn from the Academy Awards it’s to stay weird and stay different. Moore took home an Oscar Sunday night for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game and dedicated his award to Alan Turing, the man whose story the film was based on — a man who never deserved the credit he was due.
He mentioned in his speech:
“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.”
“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!”
No, Graham, the world thanks you.