Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch support The Imitation Game ahead of the BAFTAs

06 FEBRUARY 2015

Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch stepped out to support their BAFTA and Oscar nominated film The Imitation Game on Thursday night. The co-stars, who are also long-time friends, attended a private reception for the movie at the ME Hotel in London.

Benedict and Keira, who are both due to become first-time parents with their respective partners this year, posed arm-in-arm as they prepared to take part in the special screening and question and answer session.

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Co-stars Keira and Benedict are also long-time friends



The acting duo joined The Imitation Game's producers Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky on a dicussion panel for the audience of Oscar members eager to see the film.

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London-born Keira, who sported an eye-catching floral printed dress by Chanel, was joined by her musician husband James Righton.

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The 29-year-old mum-to-be spoke about how she's been finding it tough to dress her baby bump throughout her pregnancy.

"People do wear tight things when they're pregnant," she said. "I don't really go for that.

"Does it [being pregnant] make it harder [to choose an outfit]?," she pondered. "It just means that you're not going to wear anything tight. The waist has disappeared, so I can't do that."

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Keira and Benedict joined the film's producers for a question and answer session



Keira has no doubt been planning several show-stopping outfits for her forthcoming appearances at both the BAFTAs and the Oscars.

Sunday night's BAFTA ceremony sees The Imitation Game nominated for Best Film, Keria nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Benedict up for the title of Best Actor in a Leading Role.

The historical thriller is also up for the same three categories at the Oscars, which take place on 22 February.

At the BAFTAs Keria will be up against Emma Stone, Imelda Staunton, Patricia Arquette and Rene Russo and two weeks later she will vie for the coveted Oscar alongside Emma, Patricia, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep.

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