In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
Diane Lane took juggling lessons to impress the director to get the role
of Cleo Trumbo, Dalton's wife. Early in the movie, at a backyard picnic,
Lane juggles 3 drinking glasses to entertain her guests.