Benedict Cumberbatch Dedicates Award To Alan Turing!

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January 5, 2015
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The Imitation Game took home the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s honor for ensemble performance in film at the event this weekend, reports Popsugar.

Accepting the award on behalf of his costars, Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Alan Turing in the film, used the opportunity to speak about the scientist’s legacy, whom he called a “war hero,” a “gay icon,” and the “father of modern computer science.”

“He’s a man who died tragically early due to a government he helped free from fascism by his work in World War II cracking the Enigma Code, rewarding him for his nature for quietly confessing to who he was — as a gay man in a time of intolerance in the ’50s,” Cumberbatch said. “Any attention this film is getting, including us being awarded at this very prestigious awards night at the Palm Springs awards, we thank you for it. We dedicate it to Alan.”

Watch Cumberbatch’s full speech in the video clip below.

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