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Formula 1: 'Rush' wins BAFTA

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The feature film "Rush," based on the 1976 Formula 1 rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt and directed by Ron Howard, has won a 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA). The film won in the category of Best Editing in the awards presentation at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday, February 16, according to the BAFTA organization.

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Nominated for BAFTAs in four categories, "Rush" took home only one trophy with the Best Editing nod, given to editors Dan Hanley and Mike Hill. In that category, the film won against competitors' work in "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

The film did not win in its other three nominated categories, Best Supporting Actor, Outstanding British Film, or Best Sound.

In the Best Supporting Actor category, the Formula 1 movie's co-star, Daniel Bruhl (who played Lauda vs. Chris Hemsworth who played Hunt) lost to Barkhad Abdi from "Captain Phillips." Others nominated in the Supporting Actor category included Bradley Cooper for "American Hustle," Michael Fassbender in "12 Years a Slave," and Matt Damon in "Behind the Candelabra."

"Rush" lost to "Gravity" in the category of Outstanding British Film. Other films nominated were "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom;" "Philomena;" "Saving Mr. Banks;" and "The Selfish Giant."

Finally, in Sound, a category many Formula 1 fans might lobby heavily for, given the attention to detail "Rush" paid in getting the sounds of the F1 race cars period correct, the movie lost to "Gravity," a film perhaps most notable for the complete opposite -- reproducing the stark silence of space. Others nominated here were "All is Lost;" "Captain Phillips;" and "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Often characterized as the British version of the American Academy Awards, sometimes the winners there give a hint to what features may be in the forefront for winning an Oscar, or not.

This year's Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 2. Unfortunately, Formula 1 fans have no nominations for "Rush" to root for then, since the movie, like some others, was noticeably shut out in terms of any nominations.

Formula 1 fans can, however, take heart in the competition on the race track, which is set to begin again next month. The first race of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship will be held Sunday, March 16, in Melbourne, Australia.

"Rush" has, according to BoxOfficeMojo, grossed over $90 million to date at the domestic and international box office. The film was recently released for home viewing on DVD and Blu-ray.

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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 writing a book about racers and racing.

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