Category: The Imitation Game

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)

The New York Times’ Timestalks & TIFF In Los Angeles’ Presents ‘The Imitation Game’

Benedict and Keira attended the The New York Times’ Timestalks & TIFF In Los Angeles’ Presents ‘The Imitation Game’ earlier this week, here are some pictures:

Benedict Cumberbatch Explains the Subtle Intention of the Final Scene in ‘The Imitation Game’

Benedict Cumberbatch Explains the Subtle Intention of the Final Scene in ‘The Imitation Game’

[su_note note_color=”#ff8066″]Warning: This story contains major spoilers from The Imitation Game.[/su_note]

“I’m gonna keep this brief,” Benedict Cumberbatch charmingly promised the audience at New York City’s 92Y on Sunday night, when explaining the specifics of Alan Turing’s technological innovations shown in The Imitation Game. “I am quite simple — trust me! … It’s a very daunting thing when you look at what his mind gave the world.”

After tracing how the discoveries of Turing’s World War II decoding machine led to the modern computer, Cumberbatch clarified that the Morten Tyldum-directed film “is not a period drama” but is “utterly relevant” now because of its discussion of Joan Clarke’s (Keira Knightley) plight in a male-dominated workplace, as well as Turing’s secret homosexual status, for which he was punished by the British government and eventually triggered his suicide. “Everything that he experienced influenced his mind, which, again, amplifies the volume of the tragedy of his death,” he told Annette Insdorf, as part of 92Y’s Reel Pieces series, of the math genius he portrays. “He’s become a gay icon because he was true to his identity.”

Cumberbatch also repeated in response to an audience question that Turing’s posthumous pardon in 2013 is “still too little, too late” and added of Lord McNally, who shot down the petition in 2012, “He’s still a homophobe — he’s the one who needs to reconcile his attitude, not me. … [Turing] is the only person who has the power to forgive, and he can’t because we destroyed him.”

Such a scene was left on the cutting-room floor, “a scene where the policeman comes into the house and discovers his body — the death scene, the suicide scene, and the solution of cyanide that’s been drunken, some of the residue left on the bitten apple on the nightstand.” Cumberbatch recalled that it “didn’t feel right” during production, and Tyldum ultimately agreed during the editing process. Instead, the film’s final scene sees Turing with “someone telling him something he never had told to him in his life: that he did matter — the fact that he was regarded as different and not normal was hugely important to the world and to everybody around him. No one had told him that in his life. So to end it on that note, with someone explaining, was our way of thanking him in the structure of the film, our eulogy to him.”

Though the suicide is not shown, Cumberbatch added that it’s alluded to, with subtlety, in the movie’s last moments. “He walks in the doorframe and looks at the machine, which is the embodiment of the love of his life, Christopher. He smiles, and in my mind, what I was saying was, ‘I’m coming to see you now.’ He turns off the light, walks into the darkness, and that’s it. That’s what you see. I thought [Tyldum] was spot-on in his judgment of that.”

Cumberbatch first heard about Graham Moore’s Imitation Game script while shooting Star Trek Into Darkness, when he “was playing Khan and in a very different head space,” he said with a laugh. He loved “how uncompromising it was — there was no vanity about the character. Graham was not trying to make you like him. He was introducing this extraordinarily difficult, diffident and different man with great humor. And that was a real relief because the minute you’re playing clever for the sake of being clever, or just demonstrating intelligence, it’s very dent as drama or anything that can engage you to further investigation or interest, I personally feel.”

Hoping to “serve his legacy to a broader audience,” Cumberbatch then persistently pursued the Turing role while it was attached to another actor. “I was not onboard, but I was onboard with the idea of being onboard. In my head, I was already onboard!”

The actor was also asked about portraying another genius, Stephen Hawking, in the BBC’s 2004 film, Hawking, which covered only two pivotal years of the scientist’s life (as opposed to the decades shown in The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne). After Cumberbatch noted that Hawking and Turing are very different in personality and academic discipline, he admitted, “This is such a weird conversation — Eddie’s a really good friend of mine. … I can’t wait to see it. Everything he touches is so investigative and realized.”

The Imitation Game hits limited theaters Nov. 28.


The Imitation Game Los Angeles Premiere (Photos)

The Los Angeles Premiere for The Imitation Game was held last Monday, here are photos:

New clip for The Imitation Game

Here’s a new clip from The Imitation Game, which opens on November 28th:

Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for the British Independent Film Awards

And the nominations for The Imitation Game begin! The award ceremony will be on December 7th.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall will go head-to-head at the British Independent Film Awards after both were nominated for the best actor prize.

Sherlock star Cumberbatch is nominated for playing codebreaker Alan Turing in World War Two drama The Imitation Game.

Spall, meanwhile, is recognised for his portrayal of artist JMW Turner in Mike Leigh’s period biopic Mr Turner.

British thriller ’71, about life in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, leads the field with nine nominations.

Its leading man Jack O’Connell is also up for the best actor award, as are Ireland’s Brendan Gleeson for Calvary and 17-year-old Asa Butterfield for X+Y.

The Bifas, which celebrate British films made for less than £20m, will be handed out at a ceremony in central London on 7 December.

Keira Knightley, Cumberbatch’s Imitation Game co-star, is the most established name on this year’s best actress shortlist.

Her competition includes Cheng Pei Pei, the Chinese star of Lilting, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, star of the slavery-themed Belle.

Mbatha-Raw, 31, is also up for most promising newcomer for her turn as a Caribbean slave’s daughter who was raised as an aristocrat in 18th Century England.

Other candidates for that honour include British model Cara Delevingne, cited for her work in Michael Winterbottom’s film The Face of An Angel.

Timothy Spall’s son Rafe joins Cumberbatch’s Sherlock co-star Andrew Scott in the best supporting actor category, which also includes Michael Fassbender.

Fassbender, the star of X-Men and Hunger, is recognised for Frank, based on cult comedian Frank Sidebottom, in which the actor’s face is largely obscured by an outsized papier-mache head.

The best supporting actress award, meanwhile, sees Fassbender’s Frank co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal go up against Pride’s Imelda Staunton.

Pride, about an alliance between gay rights campaigners and pitworkers during the 1984 miners’ strike, has seven nominations in all.

They include a citation for the best British independent film award, presented last year to Philippines-based crime thriller Metro Manila.

Mr Turner, The Imitation Game and ’71 are also up for that trophy, the evening’s highest accolade, as is Gleeson’s blackly comic Calvary.

The recipients of this year’s Moet British Independent Film Awards will be decided by a jury chaired by Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of The King’s Speech.

The royal drama won five prizes at the 2010 Bifas including best film, best actor, best supporting actor and best supporting actress.

A complete list of this year’s nominations can be found on the official Bifa website.


“The Imitation Game” Character Poster

Benedict Cumberbatch plays a genius — again — in ‘The Imitation Game’

Dailynews – Benedict Cumberbatch has played Stephen Hawking, William Pitt, Vincent Van Gogh, Julian Assange, “Star Trek’s” Khan and he just won an Emmy Award for portraying Sherlock Holmes.

Guess being brilliant comes naturally.

“I’m incredibly smart,” the 38-year-old English actor jokes. “I’ve been a math and physics major; I mean, I’m down at MIT when I’m not working!

“No, look, these may be characters that stand out, but I’ve played very normal people, played comedic roles, played romantic roles. The slightly more extraordinary stick out because it’s that thing: They’re different, and that’s what people gravitate toward. But I’m sad to say I don’t share the brilliance that my characters do.”

Continue reading Benedict Cumberbatch plays a genius — again — in ‘The Imitation Game’

“The Imitation Game” Teaser Poster

“The Imitation Game” Teaser Poster

One of the most intriguing facets of history from World War II is the allies’ valiant attempts to decipher German signals traffic and thereby gain the upper hand in the global conflict. The encrypted wartime intelligence was deemed untouchable by the Nazis, who utilized the incognito communication to uphold the Motherland’s territorial prowess.

Soon, though, the British discovered a way to intercept the signal utilizing a piece of spook hardware known as the enigma typewriter. It was a true defining moment during the war, which is set to be chronicled in Morten Tyldum’s upcoming biopic, The Imitation Game.

Starring fan-favourite Benedict Cumberbatch as genius hacker Alan Turing, the film charts the aforementioned attempts to foil the German’s elusive communication network. Joining Cumberbatch in the movie are Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and everyone’s favourite gravel-voiced antagonist, Mark Strong.

And ahead of the film’s anticipated opening at the London Film Festival at the beginning of October, the studio has unveiled an all-new teaser poster for The Imitation Game which features Cumberbatch as the mathematical maestro.

The Imitation Game is expected to hit theatres on November 9th and November 21st in the United Kingdom and North America, respectively.

(Video) Hitflix TIFF Interview

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