Actor Benedict Cumberbatch's latest movie The Imitation Game is to be honoured by civil rights organisation, the Human Rights Campaign (Hrc).

The film chronicles the true story of British World War Ii code breaker Alan Turing, who was prosecuted after the war for "homosexual acts".

Hrc is America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) civil rights advocacy group. The organisation's president announced on Monday (22Dec14) that the film would be honoured next month (Jan15).

Chad Griffin said in a statement, "We are proud to honour the stars and filmmakers of The Imitation Game for bringing the captivating yet tragic story of Alan Turing to the big screen. Alan Turing was a true hero who saved countless lives with his revolutionary thinking and determination. Yet during the most tragic part of his lifetime, he stood alone and endured unimaginable torment and shame because he was gay.

"This film will give millions across the globe a chance to celebrate a truly brilliant man for his groundbreaking contributions to the world."

Cumberbatch is expected to collect the accolade at Hrc's New York gala.