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CODEBREAKER BIOPIC WINS AT TORONTO

September 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Imitation Game, a biopic about British World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, won the top prize, the Golsch People’s Choice Award, at the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Critics attending the festival had hailed the film — in particular, the performance as Turing of Benedict Cumberbatch, who has become a sure bet for a best actor Oscar nomination. The film tells the story of how Turing cracked the German’s Enigma Code but was later jailed and essentially chemically castrated with female hormones by authorities after admitting to being a homosexual. He committed suicide two years later at age 41. Reuters reported that 41 films were sold at this year’s festival, with Paramount, following a bidding war, paying $12.5 million for Chris Rock’s Top Five.