by ilze Du Plesis @ilzeduP Sunday night played host to the annual Oscars ceremony, which adhered to the age old tradition of style and class. Except for the gorgeous dresses and stunning leading ladies & men, this year’s Oscars was probably the most inspirational as far as the speeches went. From Eddie Redmayne praising Professor Stephen Hawking for his Oscar win, to Patricia Arquette using her Oscar to dedicate it to all women and promoting equal wages amongst female and male workers. The ceremony covered all aspects of society, even commemorating doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. and his march to Selma in the ‘60’s, during John Legend and Common’s performance of ‘Glory” (from the movie Selma, for which the duo won Best Song in a Motion Picture). But one winner made a speech so powerful, it can be regarded as a universal message throughout the world, regardless of a person’s age, culture, gender or language. First time Oscar winner, Graham Moore, won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for his contribution to The Imitation Game. This film is about a British inventor who helped revolutionize tactics during WWII against Nazis, but who was never acknowledged for his efforts because of his sexual orientation. True to the script of the movie, Moore encouraged people to never give up hope, no matter how many times you are being discriminated against. “When I was sixteen years old, I wanted to kill myself, 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 different or she doesn’t fit in; yes, you do. I promise you do.” He had said during his acceptance speech. His speech has gone viral all over the internet, retweeted and re-grammed by celebrities and fans all over, projecting his beliefs into a global message. Poetic justice was served, not only to the unacknowledged character in the film, but to the sixteen year old Graham Moore, who thought he wasn’t good enough, now standing with an Oscar in his hand.

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