Awards Won: Best Adapted Screenplay
The Academy loves clichéd biopics with troubling LGBTQ storylines, apparently. An extremely by-the-numbers biopic, The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing, a British man who decrypted German intelligence codes for the British government during World War 2. It’s especially galling that this movie specifically won for its screenplay, which is half Benedict Cumberbatch saying “Eureka!” and half British government officials spouting typical World War II dialogue. In a bizarre choice, the fact that Turing committed suicide because of the British government’s anti-gay laws, despite his status as a war hero, is never actually portrayed in the film. Instead, there's a typical crowd pleasing ending, with the actual details of his death awkwardly explained via epilogue over said ending.