​‘The Imitation Game’ wins People’s Choice Award at TIFF


Benedict Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game has cracked the code for winning audiences over at TIFF.

The film took home the Grolsch People’s Choice Award – the festival’s top prize – on Sunday, beating out runners-up Learning to Drive and St Vincent.

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Also starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, the film is based on the true story of British mathematician Alan Turin, who helped defeat the Nazis during WWII using his ingenious code-breaking machine.

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Now, the Oscar buzz is on. Five out of the past six People’s Choice victors went on to receive Best Picture nods, while three of them – The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and 12 Years a Slave – also won the Academy Award.

If Benedict is feeling any pressure, you wouldn't know it by his cheery disposition. The charming British actor thrilled fans on the red carpet when the film premiered in Toronto on Sept. 7, happily signing autographs and posing for selfies.

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