Friday night, Benedict Cumberbatch joined a star-studded variety of actors as trophies were accepted from the Hollywood Film Awards.
Cumberbatch won the Hollywood Actor Award for his turn as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous English codebreaker during the Second World War. Turing was part of the team that cracked the Enigma machine, a victory which is often credited with the Allies’ ability to win the war. After the war, Turing went on to help design computers, but later faced persecution by the British government for homosexual acts. The film has an 87 percent approval rate from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Cumberbatch accepted his award from Amy Adams, then commented, “Oh, my gosh, you make microphones small in this part of the world!”
No surprise to anyone who reads or watches interviews with the British actor, Cumberbatch’s award speech was humble.
“This is a great honour. Thank you to Amy for presenting. It’s truly an embarrassment of riches. [Turing] was and is a hero… [‘The Imitation Game’] is a story that celebrates him… and anyone who’s felt ostracised. This is for him and what he’s achieved.”
Other winners that night included Shailene Woodley for her work in The Fault in Our Stars, Chris Rock for Take Five, Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, and Julianne Moore for Still Life.
The Telegraph took an opportunity to interview Baroness Trumpington recently regarding the film. The Baroness, born Jean Alys Baker, worked at Bletchley Park along with Turing’s team, starting in 1940. While she felt that Cumberbatch’s performance was “absolutely superb,” she also had no idea who Benedict Cumberbatch was.
Much attention has been paid to the decision in The Imitation Game to not put Turing’s homosexuality in the foreground of the film. In a recent interview with the Irish Times, Cumberbatch defended the decision.
“I asked people who knew him, if they knew he was gay. Was he camp? They all said no. It never occurred to them. People just didn’t think about those things. And he didn’t parade it. He didn’t want to be found out. His tragedy was that he had to keep it secret.”
From his roles in Sherlock to Star Trek Into Darkness, Benedict Cumberbatch has been much adored by the geek community, with a large number of female fans. Fans seem to love not just his acting, but his willingness to laugh at himself, to be a little silly, and to support causes.
Congratulations to Benedict Cumberbatch on his win.
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