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Benedict Cumberbatch (Pic: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Pic: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Pic: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

There’s already plenty of buzz around Benedict Cumberbatch’s chances of picking up an Academy award for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, but his next trophy-collecting appointment in front of a podium is on December 7, at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).

The BIFAs celebrate British movies that have been made for less that £20million, and Benedict will collect the Variety award for helping to “focus the international spotlight on the UK.” He joins a prestigious list of previous winners including Paul Greengrass, Jude Law, Kenneth Branagh, Liam Neeson, Sir Michael Caine, Daniel Craig, Dame Helen Mirren and Richard Curtis.

His ability to sustain a buzz around British acting talent is something we too are rather grateful for, by the way. Maybe we should make a special teacup in his honor.

In any case, Benedict issued this statement to the press: “I am delighted to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank Variety and The Moet British Independent Film Awards for this incredible honour.

“It is made even more special by the recognition of The Imitation Game in this year’s nominations, a film I am very proud to be a part of.”

The Imitation Game is up for four awards on the night: best film, best actor (Benedict), best actress (Keira Knightley) and best screenplay.

You can see a full list of nominations at the BIFA website.

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By Fraser McAlpine