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Why Ron Howard’s ‘Rush’ Deserved Oscar Recognition

Formula One racing and movies are two of my favourite things. So when today’s Oscar nominations were released, I was understandably disappointed to see Ron Howard’s Rush miss out among the films competing for the industry’s biggest awards. What makes Rush such a special movie is that it wasn’t purely a flick for F1 fans and petrolheads as may have been the case with others of the genre, such as John Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix and Le Mans of Steve McQueen fame. The story of Niki Lauda’s epic 1976 championship battle against James Hunt was a script made for a Hollywood movie. It is a tale of two contrasting personalities—Lauda the quiet, insular and complex Austrian focused on nothing but winning agai...

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