Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Oscar Watch: Trumbo (2015)

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of my Oscar Watch where I discuss trailers for upcoming Oscar contenders. For this post, I will delve into the upcoming biopic Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.


The film deals with how Dalton Trumbo, along with other Hollywood figures, was blacklisted for his political beliefs and fought both the government and the Hollywood system over the war of free speech.

Given the subject matter of fighting for free speech, it is very timely as there have been horrific events taking place recently over the right to free artistic expression. The prime example being the Charlie Hebdo incident in France. So it'll be interesting to see whether the film can transition its time period.

As of right now, I have Bryan Cranston on my Best Actor predictions. Mainly because he is playing a real-life person (which they love) and since the majority of voters are old white dudes who have probably lived in the blacklisted era depicted here, this one might have them feeling nostalgic. But I do think Cranston looks like he is doing a fantastic job. He also has a great cast surrounding him including Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., John Goodman, Elle Fanning, and Alan Tudyk. The only drawback to its potential awards campaign is that the film is coming from a relatively new distributor known as Bleecker Street. Usually, the big wigs have an easier time sneaking in so who knows how that'll effect this one's prospects.

So those are my thoughts on the trailer for Trumbo. Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section on whether you think this looks like a viable Oscar contender and whether you think it looks as promising just as a film. Thanks for reading!