BAFTAs: Benedict Cumberbatch, 'Imitation Game' Shut Out
Not even the 'Sherlock' star could help the film on the biggest showbiz night in the U.K.
Despite all the headlines, the ongoing discussions regarding its subject Alan Turing and even star Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game came away from the BAFTA awards Sunday night without a single honor.
The film had earned nine nominations in total, but failed in all categories. The Grand Budapest Hotel claimed six awards, and Boyhood and The Theory of Everything won three each.
After winning the audience award in Toronto last year, Morten Tyldum’s Weinstein Co.-backed story of how the Nazi WWII code was broken quickly became a hot favorite for major awards season glory. But it appeared to lose its steam in recent months, with The Theory of Everything, Birdman and Boyhood all gathering pace. There had been hope that the film would pick up some accolades on its home turf.
Speaking on the red carpet before the ceremony began, Cumberbatch mentioned another BAFTA snub: David Oyelowo didn’t get a nomination for Selma. "I wish he was here tonight — he’s a good friend — but he wasn’t nominated, which I can’t understand," said Cumberbatch, who also has a big fan base for his lead role in BBC hit show Sherlock. "He’s a superlative actor."