IMITATION GAME Wins OSCAR for Best Adapted Screenplay

By: Feb. 22, 2015
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Graham Moore has won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME. This is the first Oscar and nomination for Moore.

Other nominees in the category include:

Jason Hall, "American Sniper'

Paul Thomas Anderson, "Inherent Vice'

Anthony McCarten, "The Theory of Everything'

Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash'

The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical thriller film directed by Morten Tyldum, with a screenplay by Graham Moore loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who helped solve the Enigma code during the Second World War and was later prosecuted for homosexuality.

The film's screenplay topped the annual Black List for best unproduced Hollywood scripts in 2011. The Weinstein Company acquired the film for $7 million in February 2014, the highest amount ever paid for US distribution rights at the European Film Market. It was released theatrically in the United KINGDOM on 14 November and the United States on 28 November.

The Imitation Game was a commercial and critical success. By February 2015, it had grossed $158 million worldwide against a $14 million production budget, making it the highest-grossing independent film of 2014. It was included in the National Board of Review's and American Film Institute's "Top 10 Films of 2014", and is nominated in eight categories at the 87th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Tyldum), Best Actor (Cumberbatch), and Best Supporting Actress (Knightley). It garnered five nominations in the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and was nominated in three categories at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. It also received nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film.

The LGBT civil rights advocacy and political lobbying organisation the Human Rights Campaign honoured The Imitation Game for bringing Turing's legacy to a wider audience. However, the film was criticised for its inaccurate portrayal of historical events and Turing's character and relationships.

The 87th Oscars are taking place tonight, Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and are being televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, is also being televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Neil Patrick Harris serves as host of this year's ceremony which features musical performances by Lady Gaga and Jack Black and an all star list of presenters including Meryl Streep, John Travolta and Kerry Washington.

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