Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game snubbed at BAFTAs

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The Imitation Game has failed to win a single award at the BAFTAs, despite being tipped to be a big winner at the ceremony.

The drama, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley,  is based on the life of gay World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.

Turing, often hailed as the grandfather of modern computing, was convicted of ‘gross indecency’ in 1952 after having sex with a man, and was chemically castrated, barred from working for GCHQ, and eventually driven to suicide.

Despite being nominated in nine separate categories, The Imitation Game managed to leave the BAFTAs entirely empty handed.

Benedict Cumberbatch lost Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne, who picked up the award for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in the Theory of Everything.

The Imitation Game also lost out to The Theory of Everything in the Adapted Screenplay and Outstanding British Film categories.

Meanwhile, Knightley lost out on Supporting Actress to JK Simmons for Whiplash, while the film was also passed over for awards in sound, editing, production design and costume design.

The coveted Best Film award went to Boyhood.

The writer and producer of Pride – which is about a group of gay and lesbian activists who rallied in support of striking miners in the 1980s – picked up the award for ‘Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer’

It is the second major awards show that The Imitation Game left empty handed, after disappointment at the Golden Globes last month.