Bryan Cranston’s performance in his latest big-screen role for ‘Trumbo’ earned him an Actor in a Leading Role Oscar nomination, something he never imagined in his early career. The 59-year-old, known for his recurring roles on ‘Malcom in the Middle’ and ‘Breaking Bad,’ revealed he learned a lot about the struggles in show business by watching his father, actor Joseph Louis “Joe” Cranston.
"My dad was an actor, and he made his living getting a job here, getting a job there, sometimes doing fairly well and other times, not so well," Cranston told Robin Roberts in an interview for the upcoming ABC News special ‘Journey to the Oscars.’ In awe over receiving recognition from the Academy Awards, Cranston said, "I was not raised with the idea that you could achieve that."
Cranston portrays Dalton Trumbo in his Oscar-nominated role, a successful screen writer who struggles to survive professionally after being blacklisted in the late 1940s. The actor credits ‘Breaking Bad’ creator Vince Gilligan for helping to pave his way as a dramatic actor. "Vince Gilligan was my champion because the network and studio, they were like, 'Well, wait a minute, this – you're talking about Walter White being played by this silly dad from Malcolm in the Middle? And Vince, to his great credit and my benefit said, 'He's an actor. This is what he does, you know. He can do this,'" Cranston said.
‘Journey to the Oscars’ airs in full on a special edition of 20/20 on February 26th at 10pm EST. Meanwhile, the Oscars will be handed out in a live ceremony hosted by comedian Chris Rock at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, February 28 on ABC. Cranston is up against Matt Damon for ‘The Martin,’ Leonardo DiCaprio for ‘The Revenant,’ Michael Fassbender for ‘Steve Jobs, Eddie Redmayne for ‘The Danish Girl’ in the Actor in a Leading Role category.