Benedict Cumberbatch drama ‘The Imitation Game’ wins People’s Choice Award at Toronto festival

WWII Drama will open London Film Festival on October 8

The Benedict Cumberbatch WWII drama The Imitation Game has won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The true-life tale of codebreaker and computer boffin Alan Turing will make its UK premiere opening the London Film Festival on October 8.

The TIFF award is voted for by members of the film industry, attending press and filmgoers. It is seen as a strong indicator of awards season glory. Previous winners of the award that went on to achieve Oscars success include Slumdog Millionaire and 12 Years A Slave.

This year’s runners up were the drama Learning to Drive (starring Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson) and the Bill Murray comedy St. Vincent.

Described as “a nail-biting race against time” The Imitation Game follows Turing (pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Turing is credited with saving thousands of lives with his genius reckoned to have significantly shortened the conflict. Keira Knightley stars as his close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke. The film also features Matthew Goode (Stoker), Mark Strong (Kick Ass) and Rory Kinnear (Skyfall).

Cumberbatch is strongly tipped to earn an Oscar nomination for his performance. The actor was honoured at last month’s Emmy television awards in LA, winning the award for best actor in a mini-series for Sherlock.

The Imitation Game will be released November 21. Watch the trailer below.