The Hamptons International Film Festival ended on an Oscar buzz-worthy note Monday night when "The Imitation Game" took the prestigious Audience Award for best narrative feature.
"People went crazy for it," said Anne Chaisson, the festival's executive director, about the movie, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as British mathematician Alan Turing, who cracked the Nazis' Enigma code, leading to the end of World War II. "It was one of three films to get a standing ovation."
"The Imitation Game" is shaping up as a strong contender in this year's best-picture Oscar race.
It has already won four other festival prizes, including the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Hamptons film festival's Alfred P. Sloan Prize.
"It's such an intriguing film," Chaisson said. "The story of Alan Turing was so heartbreaking. The more you watch the film, the more surprising are the things that happen."
The movie also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech and Charles Dance.
In addition, Albert Maysles' documentary "Iris," about fashion and interior design guru Iris Apfel, took home the Audience Award for best documentary.