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Oscars ‘Daily Bite’: Who was Dalton Trumbo, played by Bryan Cranston in ‘Trumbo’?

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo in

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo in the drama "Trumbo," based on the Hollywood blacklist during the Red Scare of the 1940s. Photo Credit: AP / Hilary Bronwyn Gayle

Best actor hopeful Bryan Cranston is one of the few actors who’s been nominated for playing an Oscar winner. In the movie “Trumbo,” he stars as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was among the Hollywood Ten, a group of individuals in the film industry who were cited for contempt of Congress and blacklisted after refusing to answer questions about their alleged ties to the Communist Party.

Trumbo was first nominated for his screenplay for “Kitty Foyle” (1940), which won Ginger Rogers a best actress Oscar. Although Trumbo technically penned the Oscar-winning screenplay for “Roman Holiday” (1953), the screen credit and award were given to Ian McLellan Hunter.

The award was presented posthumously to Trumbo’s widow in 1993.

Under the pseudonym of Robert Rich, Trumbo wrote the screenplay for “The Brave One,” about a boy and his pet bull. It wasn’t until 1975 that Trumbo was acknowledged for the script: motion picture acadmy president Walter Mirisch personally delivered to Trumbo his Oscar for “The Brave One.”

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