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Formula 1: 'Rush' receives four BAFTA nominations, 2014

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Ron Howard's feature film "Rush," based on the 1976 Formula 1 rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, was nominated for four BAFTA Awards, according to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The nominations were announced by BAFTA on Wednesday, January 8.

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"Rush" is nominated for the British equivalent of the U.S.'s Academy Award in four categories: Outstanding British Film; Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Bruhl (plays Niki Lauda); Sound (Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse); and Editing (Dan Hanley, Mike Hill).

The popular 2013 motor sport film’s competitors are the following:

Outstanding British Film: “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom;” “Saving Mr. Banks;” “Philomena;” “The Selfish Giant;” and “Gravity.”

Best Supporting Actor: Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra;” Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle;” Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips;” and Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave.”

Sound: “All Is Lost;” “Captain Phillips;” “Gravity;” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Editing: “Captain Phillips;” “Gravity;” “12 Years a Slave;” and “The Wolf Of Wall Street.”

According to the academy, BAFTA "supports, promotes and develops the art forms of the moving image - film, television and video games - by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public." Its mission includes making the arts of the moving image more accessible to the general public.

Winners of the 2014 BAFTA Awards will be announced Sunday, February 10 in a ceremony broadcast on television by the BBC.

To date, according to BoxOffice Mojo, “Rush” has grossed over $90 million worldwide.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1. With a historic racer from upstate New York, she is working on a new book about racers and racing.

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