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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM

‘The Imitation Game’ wins top TIFF prize

(By the way, I’m currently binge-watching Season 5 of “The Good Wife.” Wow. Anybody else doing so? And, am I correct in thinking that Alan Cumming needs to be on every television show, ever?)

The Toronto International Film Festival closed over the weekend, with its traditional audience-voted awards . . . and the big winner was “The Imitation Game,” the elegant World War II drama with Benedict Cumberbatch as genius codebreaker Alan Turing. It was definitely among my favorites of the festival, and it’s sure to click with audiences upon its release later this year — not to mention Oscar voters. Movies chosen by Toronto voters have a habit of turning up on Oscar ballots, either as Best Picture winners (“12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “American Beauty”) or nominees (recently, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Precious”). Here’s the film’s trailer; note that “The Imitation Game” reunites Cumberbatch with Keira Knightley, a pair last seen in another beautiful World War II drama, “Atonement.” And you’ll notice a few other familiar faces: Allen Leech, who’s Branson on “Downton Abbey,” and Matthew Goode, currently on — you guessed it — “The Good Wife.”

 

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