Bryan Cranston also scored a nomination for his role as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo
in Trumbo, as did Michael Fassbender for his turn as the lead in Steve Jobs, and Will Smith for his role as a doctor in Concussion.
A rebel on the screen and off, he counts crediting blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo
on "Spartacus'' as his most rebellious move.
Douglas explains to his readers that by publicly crediting Dalton Trumbo
, a former communist, as the screenwriter, he effectively broke the studios' blacklist against professionals with communist ties.
Douglas, 95, who starred in the 'Spartacus' movie and helped produce it, reveals that Dalton Trumbo
wrote the screenplay after the blacklisted Trumbo had worked throughout the 1950s under assumed names.
While the Left of the early '70s was lionizing blacklist era screenwriters and filmmakers like Dalton Trumbo
and Lillian Hellman, Kael denounced them as joyless agitprop merchants whose politically correct comedies sank the screwball genre.
Plenty of other prominent historical figures put in appearances as well, including writers John Steinbeck and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo
, labor leaders Cesar Chavez and Harry Bridges, and Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton.
As the blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo
said of the McCarthy era, "Where there is fear, there is hysteria.
The recent PBS "American Masters" presentation "Trumbo" is a fascinating documentary on the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo
As executive producer as well as the star of Spartacus, directed in 1960 by Stanley Kubrick, Douglas made the politically courageous decision to give credit to screenwriter Dalton Trumbo
, one of the Hollywood Ten, who had refused to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee and was blacklisted.
Long under the spell of radical writers such as Dalton Trumbo
and Clifford Odets, Hollywood was "a town that welcomed Daniel Ortega of the Sandinista junta but never took up the cause of a single Soviet or Eastern European dissident.
Among the well-known to be glimpsed in his memoir are Dalton Trumbo
, the blacklisted screenwriter, whose daughter, Mitzi, Martin once dated; Linda Ronstadt; Aaron Copland; Danny Aykroyd; and Elvis Presley, who off-handedly (and concisely) summed up Martin's comedic essence as he walked past Martin in a Las Vegas auditorium.
Material from the papers of Dalton Trumbo
and other Hollywood insiders examine the concurrent growth of Communism through the 1930s and war years and the growing numbers of film greats who joined, experienced inner party disagreements, and influenced the industry as a whole.