If you watched the Oscars last night, hopefully you got to hear The Imitation Game screenwriter Graham Moore’s moving acceptance speech. I love this excerpt from an Entertainment Weekly (EW) article about Moore and his speech today:

Backstage, Moore addressed what it was like for him to be so personal in front of a global audience. “The cameras are little black circles,” he said. “It’s not like a billion people out there when I’m looking around. It was really hard, but it felt, I’m a writer. When am I ever going to be on television? It was my 45 seconds in my life to get on television. I felt like I might as well use it to say something meaningful.”

If you missed the Academy Awards or Moore’s speech, there is a video of it, embedded in the EW article.

I love that Moore thought about how he could best use that time, to make a difference, if given the chance.

If you had 45 seconds to say anything to over a billion people, via television, at an event such as the Oscars or the Super Bowl. What would you say?

I am participating in my friend Mel’s writing exercise/blog hop called #MicroblogModays for the first time. Click on the hashtag to learn more about it, participate, and/or read other Microblogs for this Monday.


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1 Justine February 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm

It was a great Oscars, wasn’t it? People actually saying things that meant something, instead of the same old thing. (I was going to post something similar for #MM.)

I don’t know … what would I say? It would be hard to avoid boring advice, but maybe I’d say something about the other people who deserve recognition, too? It would depend on what I was most mad about that day. 🙂 What about you?
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2 Lori Lavender Luz February 24, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Great question.

I think I would try to say something to help people to aspire to their best selves, to the things that join us rather than divide us. I dunno.

Now I’ll be writing this speech all night in my head 😉
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3 loribeth February 25, 2015 at 3:16 pm

This was probably my favourite speech of the night too. I didn’t realize he wrote “the Sherlockian,” which was a fun read. 🙂

Some of my friends were complaining about the political nature of some of the speeches… I said I didn’t mind… kind of livens things up a bit. 😉

45 seconds is not really a lot of time… what I had to say would probably depend on why I was up there in the first place. I kind of like it when they relate what they have to say to the reason why they won the award — the role or the movie, as Graham Moore did and as Common & John Legend did.
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4 torthúil February 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm

I never watch the Oscars,but maybe I’ll check out that speech. If I had the chance…probably I’d say something silly and self deprecating, because I’d be uncomfortable with all the attention!


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