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Rush denied by BAFTA

Ron Howard's recreation of the 1976 F1 world championship was thwarted in its pursuit of headline success in the 2014 BAFTA film awards, although it did win one technical category.
Motorsport movie Rush emerged from Sunday night's BAFTA awards ceremony with a single success, but was denied in the two leading categories where it had received a nomination.

The film's sole win came among the technical awards, where Dan Hanley and Mike Hill picked up one of the famous 'mask' trophies for their editing talents, but elsewhere Ron Howard's recreation of the 1976 F1 world championship battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda came up empty-handed.

In all, the film had picked up four nominations, but saw its bid for Outstanding British Film thwarted by the all-conquering Gravity, while Daniel Bruhl, who played Lauda opposite Chris Hemsworth's Hunt, was denied Best Supporting Actor honours by Captain Phillips' Barkhad Abdi. The final nominations, in the Sound category, also went the way of Gravity.

Rush had previously earned two Golden Globe nominations – for 'Best Motion Picture – Drama' and 'Best Supporting Actor' – without winning either, but was not recognised at all for an 'Oscar' by the 86th Academy Awards.


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walrus909

February 18, 2014 2:33 PM

Ron Howard's name should have been enough star power alone. Where Rush failed with the 'in crowd' was not casting Tom Hanks and George Clooney as Lauda and Hunt. Steve McQueens epic Le Mans failed at the box office (lack of fans buying tickets) but was a visual masterpiece. With backers bailing on him he financed a large portion himself for love of sport. And the James Garner film Gran Prix, was well filmed too, they added more love interest for the ladies and it probably broke even.



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