As previously reported, there are a couple of known personalities backing up Leonardo DiCaprio’s bid for this year’s Best Actor accolade in the Oscars. Unfortunately, it will not be an easy feat competing with other actors such as last year’s winner Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl,” Matt Damon in “The Martian,” Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs,” and Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo.”
Out of the five nominees, Cranston’s portrayal of Dalton Trumbo may have the closest affiliation with the Academy Awards as Trumbo himself won twice in the famed awards show for the screen play of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s 1953 movie, “Roman Holiday” and for his 1956 Mexican drama titled “The Brave One.”
“At first, you look at it and you think: ‘Oh, it’s about Hollywood’,” says Cranston to The National when he was asked about the premise of the story. “But when you read the script, you realise it’s not about Hollywood, it just happens to be the backdrop.”
Trumbo was one of the most prominent filmmakers and writers who was blacklisted by the industry for being a left wing sympathizer in the 50s.
“What it’s really about is the threat of losing your civil liberties and putting up a good fight, and how it affects not just the person or the brotherhood of writers that he was a member of, but friends and families. Their kids went to school and got bullied and were ostracised by other kids. The ripple effect was disastrous,” the “Breaking Bad” alum continued to explain. Fortunately, Trumbo’s exceptional vision made him irresistible to producers like Frank King played by John Goodman.
In a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 59-year-old veteran actor also shared what he thought about the growing recognition and accolades for the movie by joking, “My publicists know not to call me at 5:30 in the morning.”
However, he was also quick to get back at being serious by saying that he does not want to become so caught up in the spotlight.
“I don’t want to get to the point where I’m anticipating anything like that. I just like to work, and if a group wants to acknowledge me, I’m thrilled,” he explained.
Find out if Cranston will take home the Best Actor trophy when the “88<sup>th Academy Awards” airs on ABC on Feb. 28 hosted by Chris Rock.