'The Imitation Game' wins top award at the Toronto Film Festival!
The anticipated biopic about British code-breaker, Alan Turing, has won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival - the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award!
Audiences voted for their favourite film over the ten day festival, but competition was tough, with no clear front-runner for the festival’s top award. Yet, The Imitation Game - a compelling but lesser known story, starring Benedict Cumberbatch - beat out other highly anticipated titles such as Foxcatcher, St Vincent and The Equalizer as the people’s favourite.
If the past is anything to go by, the future looks bright for this Morten Tyldum directed picture. This award is a real harbinger of things to come during the Oscar season. In fact, numerous past Oscar winning Best Pictures have taken out this award, including The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and 12 Years a Slave.
This gripping wartime drama, also starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, follows the life of Turing and his pivotal contribution to bringing the Second World War to an end. The story also deals with Turing’s struggle with concealing his sexual orientation in which he is prosecuted for homosexuality for in 1952 (when it was a crime).
A tale of history, perseverance and prejudice, this film has all the elements the audiences resonate with. We look forward to see what else lies ahead for The Imitation Game. You can catch it in cinemas January 2015. Watch the teaser trailer here.