The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch wins top prize at Toronto Film Festival

Could the upcoming biopic of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing be on the path to Oscars glory?

The Imitation Game is more than living up to its early hype. Following a spate of rave reviews at the Toronto Film Festival last week, the biopic of Alan Turing has scooped the top prize, named the People’s Choice at yesterday’s ceremony and cementing itself as a main contender ahead of next year’s awards season. 

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Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing – the British codebreaker, mathematician and computer scientist tasked with unlocking Enigma-encrypted German communications – The Imitation Game also boasts a talented supporting cast including Keira Knightley as mathematician Joan Clarke who was briefly engaged to Turing.

Matthew Goode (Dancing on the Edge), Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech, Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Southcliffe’s Rory Kinnear all appear in the biopic which charts Turing from his days at Bletchley Park to his subsequent arrest for homosexual activity in 1952. 

Director Morten Tyldum sent a message describing yesterday’s win as “an amazing honour”. He added: “For film fans to support the Imitation Game means so much to me, the entire cast and filmmaking team.” Tyldum – a Bafta nominee for 2011s Headhunters – also described the film as “a tribute to being different.”

Previous winners of the People’s Choice award have included The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and 12 Years a Slave – all of which went on to win best picture at the Academy Awards – so the Imitation Game will no doubt be confident as we edge closer to 2015’s red carpets. 

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The Imitation Game will be in UK cinemas 14th November 2014. Watch the trailer below…