The Imitation Game: On the Way to the Golden Globes

January 8, 2015 10:02 PM

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Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, stars of The Imitation Game, were still in the U.K.--he shooting an episode of Sherlock Holmes-- but everyone else from Morten Tyldum's riveting movie about Alan Turing attended this final celebration in an exhilarating campaign season at the Stephen Schwartzman residence on Park Avenue Wednesday night. Michael Bloomberg, Eric Schmidt, Robert DeNiro, Charlie Rose, Trudie Styler, Damien Chazelle, Oren Moverman, Daryl Roth, Bob Woodruff were among those in heated discussion about Turing's achievement in solving the unbreakable Nazi Enigma code, and then criminalized as a homosexual. Everything from your cell phone to laptop comes from Turing's genius as a mathematician. His treatment as a gay man, forced to take debilitating drugs until he finally killed himself at age 41, was especially embarrassing to the Brits in the art-filled room--and there were many, including the talented young actor Alex Lawther, Turing in his youth, and Downton Abbey's Allen Leech who here plays John Cairncross, Turing's colleague.

Cumberbatch and Knightley are nominated for Golden Globes, as is Graham Moore for his screenplay, and the movie itself for Best Motion Picture-Drama. Before the cast and crew went off to do their Q&A at a SAG screening, and then to Los Angeles for Globes this weekend, speeches focused everyone's att...

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