SHOW BITS: 'Imitation Game' writer attempted suicide at 16

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Posted: Feb 23, 2015 12:22 AM
SHOW BITS: 'Imitation Game' writer attempted suicide at 16

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Graham Moore, who won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for "The Imitation Game," said in his acceptance speech that he tried to commit suicide as a teenager.

"When I was 16, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong," he said. "I would like this moment to be for the kid out there who feels like she's weird and different and feels like she doesn't belong. ... Yes, you do."

The next time someone takes the stage who's been through a similar ordeal, please pass that same message to the next person," he said to applause.

Earlier in the evening, another reference to suicide was included in an acceptance speech when Dana Perry mentioned that her son had killed himself. Perry made her comments in accepting the Oscar for best documentary for "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1."

"We should talk about suicide out loud," she said.