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Best actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch pays tribute to Alan Turing on Oscars red carpet

Best actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch pays tribute to Alan Turing on Oscars red carpet

The Academy Award prognosticators are by and large predicting tonight’s Best Actor race will end with Eddie Redmayne winning the prize for his performance in The Theory of Everything.

Michael Keaton is being tapped as a possible victor with Bradley Cooper having an outside shot of an upset win.

So Benedict Cumberbatch, nominated for his performance as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, appeared quite relaxed when he was interviewed on the Oscars red carpet on his way into the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

‘To be here is a fantastic honor,’ Cumberbatch told ABC’s Robin Roberts.

‘I’m so proud to play a hero much wronged. To honor [Alan Turing] with a film is a great privilege.”

Turing was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany’s naval Enigma code which helped the Allies win the Second World War, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality.

There is now a Change.org petition calling on the British government to pardon all 49,000 men, who like Turing, were persecuted and criminalized under British law for “gross indecency” (section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, which was overturned in 1967), which prosecuted them for being gay.