Was one of Hollywood's highest-paid screenwriters throughout most of the 1940s.
Was blacklisted after refusing to testify in 1947 about communism in the film industry.
Wrote scripts under pseudonyms while blacklisted, two of which won Oscars that the blacklisted Trumbo could not accept. One he received decades later, and the other was presented to his wife after his death.
Is the subject of the documentary film Trumbo, which is based on a play by his son, Christopher.
Is depicted writing in the bathtub in a sculpture erected in his hometown of Grand Junction, CO. The bathtub was his favorite writing spot.
1956, Oscar — Best Writing (Motion Picture Story): Winner
1970, Writers Guild Awards — The Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement: Winner
1954, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy: Winner
1953, Oscar — Best Writing (Motion Picture Story): Winner
1940, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay): Nominee
1969, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
1961, Writers Guild Awards — Drama: Nominee
1971, Cannes Film Festival — Special Jury Grand Prix: Winner