2014 was a year that saw some big strides in bio-pics as the lives of such influential characters as Martin Luther King Jr. (Selma) and Stephen Hawking (The Theory of Everything) among others were brought to the screen. One of the lesser known contributors to mankind who had his story adapted to film was that of Alan Turing. While lesser known as a household name, it could be argued that Turing made the single greatest contribution to the success of the allied forces in WWII. Morten Tyldum’s Imitation Game focused on Turing’s invaluable achievement in cracking the Enigma machine, but along the way it went headlong into an aged-old moral dilemma which we would like to turn our focus to.
This year for the Oscars we are going to take a look at the nominations for best lead actor and actress. There is always a wealth of talent in each of those categories, and we are going to pick our favorites of each. Next week we will look at the actresses, so up this week are the nominations for best lead actor. Here are our personal favorites along with the roles that made them stand out in our minds.
Review by Amber
It’s 1939 and Britain is not winning the war. The German forces are on the attack and surprising the Allies at every turn. Military intelligence can’t gather enough information to thwart the Nazis because all of the German messages are encrypted, and the code is unbreakable…or so it seems.