The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley and a veritable slew of other familiar faces, has been nominated for eight Oscars and is likely to take home at least some gold.
The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing as the film follows his life as decoder in World War II. Through carefully interspersed flashbacks, the audience learns about Turing’s early life, especially as it relates to his present. Well-acted, well-shot and well-told, it is little wonder that The Imitation Game has found its way into so many Oscar categories, including: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Cumberbatch), Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Knightley), Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published and Best Achievement in Editing, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score.
The Imitation Game cleverly interplays Turing’s personal history with the history of England and its policies regarding homosexuality during and after World War II. The cleverness of Turing is met only by Knightley’s character, as she instructs his social cluelessness as well as provides him with companionship and friendship—and helps him to get chummy with other brilliant men assigned to be code breakers during the war as well.
Just as the real Turing succeeded in building a precursor to the modern computer, the film succeeds in bringing his story to light.
The Oscars are next month, but you can still catch The Imitation Game at the Laemmle.