Watch This: It took Trumbo 40 years to get his Oscar for this romantic comedy
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: The Oscar-nominated Trumbo and the Coens’ ’50s-set Hollywood farce Hail, Caesar! have us thinking back on films by or featuring artists blacklisted during the Red Scare.
Roman Holiday (1953)
Though few contemporary romantic comedies, even great ones, have managed the feat of scoring big at the Oscars, it wasn’t always so: William Wyler’s sweet, slightly melancholy, and relatively low-key Roman Holiday was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won three, including two in the top categories. One was for Audrey Hepburn, who won Best Actress in her first Hollywood at-bat, for a role that now seems tailor-made for her: She plays a beautiful princess who gets a stylish short haircut. Perhaps more importantly, she also bonds with a journalist (Gregory Peck) after escaping her goodwill-tour obligations in Rome. Ann (Hepburn …