Is “The Imitation Game” quietly shaping up to be the Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture? If its current dominance of the festival circuit is to be believed, then absolutely. After collecting Audience Award prizes at film festivals in Toronto, San Diego, Aspen and the Hamptons, Morten Tyldum’s historical thriller continued building awards season momentum this weekend by winning the Audience Award for Best Narrative prize at the Middleburg Film Festival in Middleburg, Virginia.
Currently in its second year, the four-day Middleburg Film Festival offers a carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films.
The festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary prize ended in a surpring tie, with both Gabe Polsky’s “Red Army” and Frédéric Tcheng’s “Dior and I” walking away with the honor. “Army” is a deconstruction of Cold War-era Russian politics and society through the lens of its most successfully sports dynasty, the Red Army hockey team, while “Dior” provides an inside look at the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house, including behind-the-scenes footage of the seamstresses who brought creative director Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection to life.
“We could not be more pleased with the success of this year’s festival,” said festival founder Sheila C. Johnson. “Our audience grew significantly in our second year, thanks in large part to the distributors, filmmakers and the support of the local community.”
“The Imitation Game” hits select theaters on November 28. “Red Army” and “Dior and I” will see theatrical releases in 2015.