benedict cumberbatch alan turing imitation game From left, Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech star in "The Imitation Game."

The Toronto International Film Festival audience has selected the World War II biopic "The Imitation Game" for its People's Choice Award.

The movie features "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the mathematician and computing pioneer who broke the Nazis' Enigma code, which turned the war in the Allies' favor. Instead of being hailed as a war hero, Turing was convicted of homosexuality, then a crime in Britain, and sentenced to chemical castration. He died of cyanide poisoning, widely acknowledged as a suicide, two years later.

 

Success at TIFF has yielded Oscar wins in three of the past six years for "12 Years a Slave," "The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire,"according to Canada's The Globe and Mail.

Watch the trailer for "The Imitation Game," which is due in wide release Nov. 21.

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