2016 Oscars Challenge: [34] “Trumbo” – Best Leading Actor

BRYAN CRANSTON
“Trumbo”


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OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Bryan Cranston portrays Dalton Trumbo, a successful Hollywood screenwriter who struggles to survive professionally after being blacklisted in the late 1940s.


Coming off his performance on one of the most talked about television series of all-time, “Breaking Bad,” the voting bodies that be were just waiting for any reason to commemorate Bryan Cranston and his continued impressive work as an actor. So I’m sure when he showed up in the Hollywood themed “Trumbo,” bringing to life the true story of the blacklisted screenwriter who won Oscars under a guise, the Academy went through the roof, ready to nominate him. Not to discredit his performance at all, because Cranston does bring an impressiveness to the role, carrying out his eccentricities as well as his jovial nature to a level that would be hard to match by any other actors. But the film itself felt a bit small and a bit surface level. It had all the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood period piece, but it never dug into the emotions or got its hands dirty. The family had strife, they lost friends along the way, but none of it felt devastating enough, the stakes never felt high enough, and sadly there was just something lacking in the writing department. But Cranston rose above as well he could and for that, he is finally honored by the Academy for his contribution to the industry.

Who’s his competition? Feeling entirely comfortable saying so, I believe Bryan Cranston to be the absolutely underdog in the right, placing all four of the other nominees above him. Matt Damon fit his role in “The Martian” perfectly, whereas no other actor would have pulled it off as well as he did. Just as Cranston did, Michael Fassbender surfaced from a film that had no other nominations besides the acting categories, but I believe Fassbender’s performance to be the stronger one in the stronger film. Even Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl” was quite the feat, pushing emotional boundaries where they were lacking in “Trumbo.” And the undisputed winner of this category will be Leonardo DiCaprio from “The Revenant” who carries an already impressive film and seriously pushing emotional boundaries to deliver one of the most painstaking and utterly breathtaking performances of the year. But trust me when I say, Cranston has much better roles awaiting him, that is for sure.

Previous nominations? This is the first Academy Award nomination for Bryan Cranston.


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// Produced by Michael London, Janice Williams, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Nimitt Mankad, John McNamara, and Kevin Kelly Brown //
// Directed by Jay Roach //
// Dated Viewed: Thursday, February 18th, 2016 // AMAZON RENTAL //  8 films – 11 days //

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