Bryan Cranston stars as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in this biographical drama directed by Jay Roach. The film follows American screenwriter and novelist Trumbo who became one of the Hollywood Ten in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee during their investigation of communist influences in Hollywood. Trumbo was blacklisted from working for the major film studios and served eleven months in jail. Upon his release, however, he continued to practise his craft and would go on to win two Oscars for screenplays written under different pseudonyms. Cranston received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.