The celebrities are regulars just like us, people. They put on their trouser legs at the same time and celebrate their birthdays at the same time every year. Yes, the pants and birthday parties cost about ten times as much as ours, but that’s not the point. Today the calendar marks Benedict Cumberbatch’s forty-fifth journey around the sun.
Benedict Cumberbatch has been in the acting game for years, acting on stage, radio, in video games and on television. However, Benedict Cumberbatch shines brightest for fans on the silver screen in movies. We’ve put together a list of our favorite Benedict Cumberbatch movies to watch today and honor the birthday boy or girl.
Millennials will fondly remember the winter of 2007, and maybe they have memories of having one of their first dates going to see them Reconciliation in theatres. Back then, Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t the supernova he is today, but he still manages to steal every scene he appears in the period piece.
Reconciliation tells the story of forbidden love, betrayal and lovers torn apart against the backdrop of the Second World War. Kiera Knightly and James McAvoy take center stage in the war epic, but Benedict Cumberbatch is giving audiences his fourth-ever feature in his small but significant role as Paul Marshall.
Everyone who has seen it Reconciliation know that the best part of the film is the typewriter-laden score that earned it an Oscar. However, the film also works as a solid period drama and introduced the world to Cumby in a big way when the film came out.
The other Boleyn girl
A year later Reconciliation dropped in 2008, Benedict Cumberbatch proved he likes to stick with what he knows when he appeared in The other Boleyn girl. The movie didn’t make huge waves like Reconciliation, but the audience showed up to watch Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson shred the screen as King Henry VIII’s two lovers.
The historical play centers on Eric Bana as King Henry VIII, but Benedict Cumberbatch backs the cast that owns his role as William Carey. Carey marries Mary Boleyn before she becomes embroiled in Henry’s mess, and the character took Cumberbatch further in his career, proving to the public that he can appreciate any role thrown at him.
12 years slave
By 2013, Benedict Cumberbatch had climbed the ranks of Hollywood and was cast in what would become the Oscar sweeper of the year. 12 years slave was full of phenomena when the film came out, as critics praised director Steve McQueen in his bid to get one of the best and most accurate American slavery films ever on the big screen.
Cumberbatch plays William Ford in the film, one of the few arguably sympathetic slave owners in the brutal story of one of the most harrowing times in American history. With 12 years slave Another Oscar-winning film for Benedict Cumberbatch came when the film picked up three golden boys, one for best drama. Now Cumberbatch had nowhere to go but up.
The imitation game
In 2014, Cumberbatch played the part of his life with The imitation game. Cumberbatch proved to be sticking to his roots with the film, which puts him in the lead role of a World War II play, one of the most important films of his career.
Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in the historical drama, and audiences showered Cumberbatch with affection and praise. The Academy also recognized the actor’s efforts as Cumby received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor when The imitation game came to the public.
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