Today’s a big day for Benedict Cumberbatch.
The “Sherlock” star received his first Oscar nomination Thursday morning for his role as mathematician Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.”
The son of two actors, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton, Cumberbatch said he was especially proud to be able to tell his actor parents of his nod.
“So excited and honoured to receive this recognition. It’s wonderful to be included by the Academy in this exceptional year of performances. To ring my parents who are both actors and tell them that their only son has been nominated for an Oscar is one of the proudest moments of my life.”
Cumberbatch previously received a Best Actor nod at the Golden Globes for his role in the film, but lost out to fellow British actor Eddie Redmayne for his performance in “The Theory of Everything.“
The actor has been on a roll in the past year in the awards circuit. Cumberbatch won his first Emmy for his role on BBC’s miniseries “Sherlock” last August.
Naturally, Cumberbatch’s fans, who refer to themselves as Cumberbitches, are thrilled.
Crossing my fingers for Benedict Cumberbatch for Best Actor Oscar! Disappointed the Academy all but ignored 'Selma'. No director or actors!
— Dina McMillan (@drdina1) January 15, 2015
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH that is all #cumberbitch
— Aliya Boulanger (@aliboulanger) January 15, 2015
Just seen Star Trek for the third time. Yes I know I'm cool. Give Cumberbatch an Oscar #cumberbitch
— Lenny Boyle (@Lenny_Boyle) May 19, 2013
— Barbie♥ (@Yanti_Fitrii) January 15, 2015
I know I'm late to the party but Sherlock is amazing..I'm officially a #cumberbitch
— Brooke Bennett (@ebrookebennett) January 15, 2015
— Dani Dixon (@TumbleCreekDani) December 7, 2014
— Antonia O'Brien (@AntoniaOBrien) January 4, 2015
My dad is sitting alone watching Benedict Cumberbatch interviews on his laptop. My greatest fear has been confirmed: Petey is a #Cumberbitch
— caitlin $ta$$a (@caitiro) November 15, 2014
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