Profile: The Imitation Game

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The Imitation Game has stacked nominations at the 2014 Moët British Independent Film Awards. It is nominated for Best Moët British Independent Film, Best Screenplay by Graham Moore, Best Actress Keira Knightley, and Best Actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

 

Best Moët British Independent Film

The Imitation Game tells the real life story of the cryptanalyst Alan Turing and his team of code-breakers as they race against time at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park to break the Enigma Code during the darkest days of World War II.

 

The film has been making quite the impression even before its world premiere at the 41st Telluride Film Festival in August. Since that premiere it has received 9 Awards at various film festivals including the “People’s Choice Award for Best Film”, which is the highest award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film has its theatrical release in the United Kingdom on the 14th of November and in the United States on the 28th of November.

Best Screenplay – Graham Moore

graham mooreGraham Moore in an American Screenwriter and writer. He is best known for his New York Times Best Seller, The Sherlockian, in 2010. He wrote the screenplay for The Imitation Game, based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges in 2011 and it landed at #1 on the Black List of the best unproduced films in Hollywood.

In 2012, it was announced that Moore would write the screenplay for the film adaptation of The Devil in the White City for the Warner Bros. production with Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead.

Best Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch

benedict cumberbatchCumberbatch plays Alan Turing in The Imitation Game and critics are raving about his performance in the role. He not only has had great success in his film career but also in television, theatre, radio, narration, as well as starting his own production company, SunnyMarch Ltd. in late 2013 with Adam Ackland, writer-director Patrick Monroe, action coordinator Ben Dillon, and production manager Adam Selves.

Cumberbatch did not receive international recognition until the first series of Sherlock in 2010. Since 2012 he has appeared on numerous lists in the UK and US including the “Most Fascinating People in Britain” list in Tatler where he was ranked 5th, higher than the Duchess of Cambridge and just below Queen Elizabeth II in 2013.

He also is an advocate for various causes including being an ambassador for Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Prince’s Trust, setting up funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, joining the Stop the War Coalition, as well as many other organizations. In July 2014 he officiated the same-sex marriage of his friends and in November 2014 he talks about his role in The Imitation Game as a gay character and his own sexual experimentation in his past.

Best Actress – Keira Knightley

keira knightleyKnightley has impressed audiences in her role as Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game. Her career started at the age of 10, but she gained international fame since her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean Series, starting in 2003. Since then, she has namely been starring in period pieces such as Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and Anna Karenina.

She is the face of an Amnesty International Campaign and travelled to Ethiopia as part of the Comic Relief charity. She also has support for Women’s Aid and SMA trust that funds medical research in the study of spinal muscular atrophy.

She has been nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes as well as being nominated and winning at many other awards events.

 

bifaFor the other Best Moët British Independent Film Nominations, go here.

For the other Best Screenplay Nominations, go here.

For the other Best Actor Nominations, go here.

For the other Best Actress Nominations, go here.

And for the full list of BIFA Awards Nominations, go here.

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