Growing up in Chicago's Lincoln Park as a movie fan with Hollywood aspirations, Graham Moore had rehearsed this moment many times. Those practiced Oscar speeches, delivered into shampoo bottles, never involved a laundry list of thank-yous.
"This topic was always what I imagined talking about," the 33-year-old screenwriter said Monday afternoon. "I had a moment on stage of realizing, 'OK, I'm a writer, which means I'm not going to be on TV that often in my life. I might as well use my 45 seconds to say something meaningful.' "