'The Imitation Game' to Be Honored by Human Rights Campaign

Alan Turing, a British scientist-turned-World War II hero who was prosecuted after the war for "homosexual acts," is portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film
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Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Imitation Game'

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, announced on Monday that it will honor the creative talent responsible for Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game — a film about the life of the British scientist-turned-World War II hero Alan Turning, a gay man who was prosecuted after the war for "homosexual acts" — at its New York Gala Dinner on Jan. 31 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

"We are proud to honor the stars and filmmakers of The Imitation Game for bringing the captivating yet tragic story of Alan Turing to the big screen," HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement. "Alan Turing was a true hero who saved countless lives with his revolutionary thinking and determination. Yet during the most tragic part of his lifetime, he stood alone and endured unimaginable torment and shame because he was gay. This film will give millions across the globe a chance to celebrate a truly brilliant man for his groundbreaking contributions to the world."

Turing is portrayed in the film by Benedict Cumberbatch, who is expected to attend the HRC ceremony, along with other representatives of the film, which The Weinstein Co. is distributing in the U.S.

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