|Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game|
In hindsight, The Imitation Game had all the hallmarks and TIFF hype for an eventual winner. After all, the lead actor of the film was featured on the cover of NOW, the TIFF festival guide magazine. Duh! When I left Toronto late Wednesday, I learned soon afterwards that a surprise THIRD screening of 'Game' was going to play at the Princess of Wales theatre on Thursday. Had I not been too stubborn in my support of what I believed to be a slightly better film, I should have known to accurately predict The Imitation Game, a film backed by Oscar Marketing Grand Wizard, Harvey Weinstein. Duh, again!
I do believe that The Imitation Game lucked out in winning this award only because Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, skipped TIFF. That film will have played at all the major Fall film festivals except TIFF, and had it played there, I would be writing about a different winner. Be that as it may, I did enjoy Game and I think it's a very good film, but certainly not the best. We'll see how it manages to hang on with this stamp of approval from Toronto through a tough Oscar season of great films yet to be seen, and see if it could bring home Oscar gold for Benedict and Keira.