Early Oscar Preview: ‘The Imitation Game’

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch makes a strong case in this film to have his name thrown on the Academy Award’s Best Actor short-list.  Is he able to crack the Top 5 of leading actors and score a nomination?  Early advantages go to Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) with Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) holding the pole position.

Cumberbatch (from “Star Trek Into the Darkness”) headlines a movie that should be well received by Oscar voters; it’s based upon a true story, has international flavor, and Cumberbatch’s character helped the Allies defeat the Nazi’s in WWII.

“The Imitation Game” is also about to hit theaters after generating accolades at film festivals earlier this year.  In particular, the Toronto Film Festival, where it earned the “People Choice Award for Best Film”. Which brings up Cumberbatch’s best odds for an Oscar nom–the Academy most likely will nominate “The Imitation Game” for Best Picture and its director, relative newcomer Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”, 2012), in the Best Director category.  We all know the Academy likes to throw in one, possibly two, newer directors into the mix each year.  If Tyldum makes the list it means this film more than likely also competes for Best Picture.  Those two pieces falling into place almost guarantee Cumberbatch’s name will garner a Best Actor nomination.  Time will tell.

“The Imitation Game” comes to theaters on November 21st and is rated PG-13.

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