Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch’s 10 Best Movies

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch, in addition to being one the finest actors working today, possesses THE most English of English names ever to be bestowed upon an Englishman.  In case you doubted it was his real name, it’s actually shortened.  His full name is Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch.  He has, however, endeared himself to geeks and non-geeks alike by already indelibly visiting the worlds of Tolkien (Smaug and the Necromancer), Star Trek (nobody blames Into Darkness on him), and the MCU (where he is the resident Sorcerer Supreme: Dr. Stephen Strange).  Cumberbatch, with his distinctive, mesmerizing voice and talent for squeezing his narrow frame into giant characters both fictional and real (Julian Assange, William Pitt, Alan Turing), has already made a lasting mark on the big screen and small, where he has achieved an impossible feat with Stephan Moffat and Martin Freeman in updating Sherlock Holmes for contemporary times, while still maintaining the spirit of Conan Doyle’s master detective better than any adaptation in my lifetime (if not period).

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

Benedict Cumberbatch’s 10 Best Movies
1. Sherlock (2010-2017, BBC) Sherlock Holmes
2. The Hobbit Trilogy (2012-2014) Smaug/Necromancer
3. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Dr. Stephen Strange
4. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Dr. Stephen Strange
5. Doctor Strange (2016) Dr. Stephen Strange
6. 12 Years a Slave (2013) Ford
7. Amazing Grace (2006) William Pitt
8. Atonement (2007) Paul Marshall
9. The Imitation Game (2014) Alan Turing
10. Parade’s End (2011-HBO) Christopher Tietjens
Honorable Mention: Star Trek: Into Darkness (2014) Khan

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys

Oscar Wins (0): None

Oscar Nominations (1): The Imitation Game (2015)

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game

Golden Globe Wins (0): None

Golden Globe Nominations (2): Sherlock (2013), The Imitation Game (2015)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave

Emmy Wins (1): Sherlock (2014)

Emmy Nominations (6): Sherlock (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017), Parade’s End (2013), Patrick Melrose (2018)

Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange

My Favorite Cumberbatch Scene:
The Greatest Best Man Speech Ever” from Sherlock Season 3 (2014)

Next Film
: Before Cumberbatch returns to the MCU, or to Sherlock (which is contracted for a fifth season, but I wouldn’t look for it any time soon), he’ll be starring in the Cold War drama Ironbark, as well as voicing the Grinch.

5 thoughts on “Benedict Cumberbatch’s 10 Best Movies”

  1. I didn’t know he was doing Shere Kahn! Incredible. I was excited about the Grinch because he was doing the voice, but that unfortunately dissolved when I saw the trailer. No matter. In a little while, once he’s a bit older, he’ll be up there with Sam Jackson, Hugo Weaving, and Christopher Walken in terms of iconic coolness. Mark my words. He just needs to look just a little more mature. Give him ten more years or so, let him reach 50. And he’s there.

    I’m glad they’re taking their time with Sherlock. It never felt like a normal series to me anyway. Pretty much it’s a situation where they drop three short movies, every now and then. The last season got such a negative reception (though I like it) that maybe taking a step back and a deep breath is not a bad idea, and if it fails to come together, so be it.

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