Trumbo, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson
Trumbo was one
of the original "Hollywood Ten" blacklisted in 1947,
but his talent was not to be denied. Ian McLellan Hunter
fronted for Trumbo as the writer for the Academy Award winning
story for Roman Holiday in 1953. Hunter was unable to help
Trumbo after that, as he was blacklisted himself shortly afterwards.
So Trumbo adopted the pseudonym Robert Rich, winning the
Oscar for Motion Picture Story for The Brave One in 1956.
He was finally given the Oscar with his own name on it in 1975.
Boulle wrote the novel that the Best Picture of 1957
was based on, The Bridge on the River Kwai. Boulle was
credited with the screenplay of the film, which won him the
Oscar for Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium.
It wasn't long afterwards that it dawned on people that
the Frenchman Boulle had never written anything in English
in his life, and it was unlikely that he would start with the
screenplay of a multi-million dollar film. Snoops ultimately
discovered that the screenplay was actually written by blacklisted
writers Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson. The writers
made overtures to get the credit that they deserved after the
blacklist had lifted, and the Academy finally presented their
widows with the Oscars they had won on March 16, 1985.
Wilson was also awarded co-writer credit (with Robert Bolt)
on the script of Lawrence of Arabia after his death.
He won an Academy Award in his own name for A Place in the Sun in 1951.
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