The Imitation Game
First screened in October 2014
Director: Morten Tyldum. Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Alex Lawther, James Northcote, Steven Waddington, Tuppence Middleton. Screenplay: Graham Moore (based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges).

Twitter Capsule: Involving if opaque in code-cracking scenes. Craven handling of sexuality. Pedestrian biopic strategies.

VOR:   Whatever value inheres in broadcasting even a timid take on Turing's story is heaviliy mitigated by skating over the state-sanctioned homophobia in which its story and themes culminated. Pathetic.

Photo © 2014 The Weinstein Company/Black Bear Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Morten Tyldum
Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch
Best Supporting Actress: Keira Knightley
Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore
Best Production Design: Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana Macdonald
Best Film Editing: William Goldenberg
Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Actor (Drama): Benedict Cumberbatch
Best Supporting Actress: Keira Knightley
Best Screenplay: Graham Moore
Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat

Other Awards:
Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award
Chicago International Film Festival: Audience Award

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