Bryan Cranston Wins Palm Springs Film Fest Spotlight Award


The awards continue to roll in for Bryan Cranston, whose latest honor for his part in “Trumbo” is the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Spotlight Award, Actor.

Cranston will receive the award during a ceremony on Saturday.

In “Trumbo,” Cranston portrays the real-life story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. During Hollywood’s Blacklist era, Trumbo–who was a celebrated movie scribe–finds himself accused of being a Communist party sympathizer, resulting in professional and financial devastation. In 1947 he–along with other Hollywood professionals–was sentenced to 11 months in a federal penetinary on contempt charges after refusing to answer questions about Communist propaganda in film during a congressional hearing.

Two of Trumbo’s Oscar-winning screenplays, for “Roman Holiday” and “The Brave One,” were published by front-writers to protect his identity amid the hostile anti-Communist environment at the time. He was not able to claim the Oscar statues. It was in 1960 when Kirk Douglas publicly revealed that Trumbo was the screenwriter behind “Spartacus” that the blacklist movement began to wane.

Cranston’s performance in the drama has been met with praise, earning SAG, Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations. As Deadline notes, all five previous recipients of the PSIFF Spotlight Award have gone on to win an Oscar, including last year’s J.K. Simmons.

The award show’s other nominees include Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, director Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander.

Watch the “Trumbo” trailer below.