Benedict Cumberbatch has downplayed early Oscar talk surrounding his performance in The Imitation Game.

Cumberbatch plays gay code breaker Alan Turing in the film, which is scheduled for a November 21 U.S. opening.

Turing was a brilliant mathematician who helped crack the German Enigma machine code – a triumph of computer science and a turning point for the Allies in World War II.

After the war, Turing was charged with and convicted of gross indecency for participating in a sexual relationship with another man. He received a sentence of chemical castration and later committed suicide.

Oscar speculation began in earnest after Imitation Game won the Toronto International Film Festival's Grolsch People's Choice Winner, the festival's top prize.

Speaking to Hello!, Cumberbatch dismissed the talk as premature.

“It would be amazing, but to be honest it's so premature that it would almost be futile to talk about it,” he said.

“I understand why it always happens at festivals, but I just got my suit back from the dry cleaners from this year's Oscars. … There's lots of films to see before we start going, 'Oooh, blah, blah,'” Cumberbatch added.