Best Actor 2014: Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game

benedictcumberbatch_imitationgame-playlistA photo of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game (via The Playlist).

Oscar Present?
Role: Alan Turing, the British cryptologist who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking the German Enigma Code

Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

Festivals:

  • BFI London Film Festival (2014) – Opening Film
  • Toronto International Film Festival (2014) – Canadian Premiere

Why? Cumberbatch threw himself into enough Oscar films (and blockbuster Star Trek Into Darkness) last year that voters will likely recognize him – as if they didn’t already know him from television’s Sherlock. The Weinstein Company and obvious Oscar bait of the role – biopic, gay guy in the closet, WWII – only help.

Why not? Weinstein might throw just as much weight (if not more) behind Big Eyes and, if it takes us by surprise, St. Vincent. Other hot up-and-coming actors – Jack O’Connell for Unbroken, David Oyelowo for Selma, Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything – have just as much buzz (if not more) for various reasons. The Fifth Estate (2013) – a Julian Assange profile and awards hopeful that marked Cumberbatch’s first leading role since breaking out with Sherlock – tanked on every level; can he carry a movie at the box office?

Ranking: No. 8 as of Aug. 2, 2014

More on the competition:
Best Actor in a Leading Role 2014

See also (pages coming soon):
Best Picture 2014: The Imitation Game (more)
Best Director 2014: Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game (more)
Best Supporting Actress 2014: Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game (more)
Best Supporting Actor 2014: Matthew Goode for The Imitation Game (more)
Best Adapted Screenplay 2014: Graham Moore for The Imitation Game (more)

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