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Benedict Cumberbatch wins British honor from Queen

Benedict Cumberbatch was honored by Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday (Nov. 10) for his efforts helping charity and the performing arts. Bowing before the Queen, he received a Commander of the British Empire award — an honor previously awarded to such notables as Michael Caine, Agatha Christie and Richard Attenborough.

Presented a short time after the “Star Trek Into Darkness” actor made headlines by ranting against UK politics, he later defended his actions to reporters.

“I’m interested in trying to help people,” Cumberbatch says of the backlash he received after he stood onstage during a production of “Hamlet” and solicited donations for Syrian refugees by blaming his government’s inaction. “I’m not interested in what flack I’m taking.”

The 39-year-old actor was clearly quite pleased by the honor of receiving his CBE, a turquoise medal shaped like a cross and hanging from a ribbon. Nevertheless, he told the Associated Press that meeting the Queen was “quite nerve-wracking.”

Cumberbatch, nominated for a best actor Oscar for “The Imitation Game,” has raised $227,000 in donations for Save the Children, a charity that assists Syrian refugees.

Also honored in the festivities was Kevin Spacey (receiving an honorary knighthood) and Eddie Redmayne (an Order of the British Empire, or OBE). But before you start referring to the “House of Cards” star as “Sir” Kevin Spacey, only British citizens are allowed to be called Sir or Dame.

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Benedict Cumberbatch nominated in the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards

Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated for Best International Actor for his role in The Imitation Game for this year’s Irish Film and Television Academy Awards, the movie has also been nominated for Best International Film

TV3 will be bringing Irish viewers and the home audience all the excitement from Ceremony and the Red Carpet in a one hour IFTA Awards Special with all the highlights and interviews with nominees and winners, stars of the screen, guest presenters, Lifetime and special guests. (Source)

87th Annual Academy Awards – Photos

Benedict Cumberbatch and his lovely wife Sophie Hunter attended the 87th Annual Academy Awards earlier this evening where Benedict was nominated for Best Actor for his role on The Imitation Game. The award went to Eddie Redmayne, but the movie did win the Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwritter Graham Moore. Here are pictures from the event. Also some pictures from Saturday’s The Weinstein Company’s Pre-Oscar Party.




EE British Academy Film Awards & Pre-BAFTAs Nominee Party Photos

EE British Academy Film Awards & Pre-BAFTAs Nominee Party Photos

Good evening everyone! Benedict Cumberbatch and his lovely fiance attended the EE British Academy Film Awards earlier tonight. Benedict was nominated for Best Actor but the award went to Eddie Redmayne. Benedict also attended the Pre-BAFTAs Nominees party last night. Here are the photos:



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26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

Benedict Cumberbatch attended the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival where The Imitation Game received the Ensemble Performance Award


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Golden Globe & SAG Awards Nominations!

Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated in both Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance in The Imitation Game & Sherlock. Here are the nominations:

Golden Globe Awards
– Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for Benedict Cumberbatch
– Best Supportting Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Keira Knightley
– Best Screenplay for Graham Moore
– Best Score for Alexandre Desplat
– Best Motion Picture Drama

SAG Awards
– Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Benedict Cumberbatch
– Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Keira Knigtley
– Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
– Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Benedict Cumberatch in “Sherlock: His Las Vow”

The Golden Globe Awards ceremony will air on January 11th, while the SAG Awards Ceremony will be on January 25th.

British Independent Film Awards – Photos

Benedict and his fiancee, Sophia Hunter, attended the British Independent Film Awards today, where Benedict was presented with the “Variety Award“. More pictures tomorrow!


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Benedict Cumberbatch to Receive BIFA’s Variety Award Dec. 7

Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch call themselves “Cumberbitches,” though Cumberbatch prefers “Cumberbabes.”

Cumberbatch, who is receiving the Variety Award at the BIFA ceremony Dec. 7, is referenced in Tumblr’s guidelines, which note that users may “marvel at the alien beauty” of the actor, but “can’t actually pretend to be Benedict Cumberbatch.”

Ah, but so many want to do both. “The Imitation Game” star is a force to be reckoned with. Not just thanks to his fearsome talent — but also because of his fans. By embracing his “alien beauty” and oh-so-British mouthful of a name, fans have helped him transform from cult favorite/social media darling into one of Hollywood’s more unusual bright lights.

It didn’t happen overnight; Cumberbatch has worked his way through theater, TV and film for more than 12 years. He only began to register internationally after the BBC gave Sherlock Holmes a new modern life in 2010 with “Sherlock,” a hit that also aired on PBS in the U.S.

But once (female) audiences tuned into the curly-haired, imperious, deductive genius, all bets were off.

“Fans are not as interested in the Central Casting hunk as entertainment executives want to believe,” says Danielle Strle, director of product, content and community for Tumblr, which gets hundreds of thousands of blogs and reblogs about Cumberbatch each month. “He’s got this really approachable look, and he feels like he could be your friend.”

“He’s on a unique journey,” says Eric Deggans, TV critic for NPR. “Before, the concern was that audiences might be put off by the name, the accent, the nontraditional look — but guys like Cumberbatch prove this is not the case.”

Starring in a series whose creators (Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat) come from a different genre reboot (“Doctor Who”) that also has a rabid fanbase likely helped as well. The WhoLocks — a “Doctor Who”-“Sherlock” mashup — are even a thing.

“It may be easier for this kind of stardom to develop among sci-fi fans, where the love may take a while to go mainstream but is very rooted in a devoted populace,” says Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, author of “The Totally Sweet ’90s.”

Yet Cumberbatch’s wide appeal isn’t defined simply by traditional success indicators of critical acclaim and box office.

He’s been embraced by vocal fans on the Internet who create animated GIFs of his gestures, promote interview clips of his charming moments (such as pronouncing “penguin” as “pen-gwing”) and pair him up with images of otters who have similar facial expressions.

Such fervent attention from fans is nearly impossible to manufacture, which makes it all the more appealing.

Cumberbatch now joins a tiny group of young actors (like Jennifer Lawrence) who inspire their fans to post and blog and tweet year-round. But he gives his fans a lot to work with: he’ll be seen in “Imitation Game,” and heard in “Penguins of Madagascar” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” as Smaug. “Hobbit” co-stars Martin Freeman, who also teams with Cumberbatch on “Sherlock.” It’s like a British actor Mobius strip.

Without talent none of this would have worked, but absent Cumber-mania it’s easy to imagine the actor as yet another of dozens of well-regarded British character actors who never threaded the Hollywood needle. Cumberbatch is what stardom in the new millennium looks like: International acclaim plus devoted, plugged-in fans.

Meanwhile, Strle is already anticipating Cumberbatch’s future in acting. “I can’t wait to see how great he looks when he’s old. He’s going to be such a wonderful, stately old man.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch wins Best Actor in Hollywood Film Awards (+Photos)

Benedict has just been chosen Best Actor for his performance in The Imitation Game in the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards. Here are photos from the event (more tomorrow!)

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Benedict wins as Best Actor on TVChoice Awards!

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