Graham Moore gave a moving speech while receiving the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay during Sunday night’s ceremony … and that speech led to the wrong assumption that he was coming out of the closet.
The screenwriter was honored with the award for The Imitation Game, a movie about Alan Turing, a closeted gay man who committed suicide because of the harsh treatment of homosexuals back in the 20th century.
In his acceptance speech, Moore had said, ‘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 I would like for this moment to be for that 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 message to the next person who comes along.’
This statement led many news outlets and social media users to conclude that he was gay, because he was supposedly comparing his life to that of Alan Turing. But in an interview with BuzzFeed after the ceremony, Moore set the record straight.
‘I’m not gay, but I’ve never talked publicly about depression before or any of that, and that was so much of what the movie was about, and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much,’ he said. ‘I think we all feel like weirdos for different reasons. Alan had his share of them and I had my own, and that’s what always moved me so much about his story.’
There you have it.