One of the best parts of the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony last night was Graham Moore’s acceptance speech after winning the award for best adapted screenplay for The Imitation Game. He gave a speech that can change, and might save, young people’s lives:
“I tried to commit suicide at 16 because I felt weird, and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. So I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes you do. I promise you: 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 along.
If you or your teens, tweens or kids did not watch the Oscars, I highly recommend sharing this speech and discussing it. Show them how important it is to stay true to themselves and no matter how difficult life may seem, it always gets better.
To show the type of accolades and how much Graham Moore’s Oscar speech was appreciated, here are some tweets from the #StayWeird trending hashtag on Twitter. The hashtag has been trending since the speech aired.
— Degrassi (@Degrassi) February 23, 2015
— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) February 23, 2015
— Sandra Gonzalez (@TheSandraG) February 23, 2015
I hope that Graham Moore’s speech will have as big an effect of teens and tweens as it did on viewers of the Academy Awards audience and tweeters. Please share this with your family.