The Imitation Game

5Benedict Cumberbatch appears as Alan Turing in the Oscar winning biopic The Imitiation Game from Blackbear Pictures. The Imitation Game is the true story of British mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing, a complex figure and father of computer science- who cracked the German “Enigma Code” during World War II to save the war for the Allies. The Imitation Game is written by Graham Moore and topped the 2011 Black List for best unproduced script.

The movie also stars Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear and Matthew Goode and is directed by Morten Tyldum who directed Headhunters.

The Imitation Game was released by Studio Canal UK in the UK on 14 November 2014 and in the US on 21 November 2014.

The film has been lavished with awards nominations galore including a best actor Oscar nomination for Benedict.

The film was nominated for 8 Oscars overall winning one for best adapted screenplay.

Nominations included best supporting actress for Keira Knightley, best director for Morten Tyldum, best score for Alexandre Desplat (who won for his score for The Grand Budapest Hotel) and best film.

In addition to the Oscar nomination Benedict was also nominated for best actor at the Moet British Independent Film Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Critics Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, London Critics Circle Awards (nominations for best actor and best British actor), Satellite Awards, Irish Film and Television Academy Awards (best international actor) and the AACTA International Awards.

Benedict was the winner of the Hollywood Actor award at the Hollywood Film Awards (the film also won best supporting actress for Keira Knightley, best director for Morten Tyldum and best score for Alexandre Desplat). The cast also picked up the best ensemble award at the Palm Spring International Film Festival.

To find out more about Turing visit the Turing digital archive or check out Andrew Hodge’s biography