The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) honored The Imitation Game with the Ally for Equality Award at their annual Gala on Saturday at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Star Matthew Goode, director Morten Tyldum, producers Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky, and Harvey Weinstein were on hand to accept the honor.
Tyldum told the crowd that this award personally meant a lot because his daughter told him two years ago that she was gay, and it’s the work of the HRC that helps offer her a better future.
“The challenge of getting his life onto the big screen was so important to us all because, as Benedict mentioned, Alan was a man whose brilliant mind saved lives, and yet he endured terrible persecution because of his sexuality,” Tyldum said.
Joel Grey, who last week publicly came out as a gay man, presented the award. Grey, who starred in the original production of Larry Kramer’s iconic play The Normal Heart, quoted Kramer’s play.
“Did you know that it was an openly gay Englishman who was as responsible as any man for winning the Second World War? His name was Alan Turing…Why don’t they teach any of this in the schools?” He added, “We have come a long way, but we must never forget our past, or our heroes. Today, Turing’s vital story is finally being told in the award-winning film, The Imitation Game.”
Grossman referenced the importance of apology.
“Alan received apologies from the government and Queen decades after his death, but 49,000 others still have not had their names cleared. The Advocate’s Matthew Breen, who’s here with us tonight, started a petition at Pardon49k.org calling for the pardon of all these men,” she said.
“Long before we shot the first scene or had page one of the script for The Imitation Game, HRC has been on the front lines for equality and gay rights for decades, so while we want to thank you, of course, for tonight’s award – more importantly, we want to thank you for the work you all have done for so many years,” Goode added. “I played just one role in this film, but the entire team behind The Imitation Game, many of whom are on stage with me tonight, are incredibly moved and humbled to be receiving the Ally for Equality Award.”
All photos courtesy of Jeffrey Holmes.