Jack Mathews: Is ‘Ford v Ferrari’ about to make Oscar history?

Jack Mathews: Is ‘Ford v Ferrari’ about to make Oscar history?
If justice is done, James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari” will soon make history as the first of more than one hundred movies about the sport of auto racing to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It’s not that Oscar has been unkind to racing movies, it’s that “FvF” is the first one that deserves to be included.

I was an auto racing executive in the late Sixties to the mid-Seventies and knew some of the people involved in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans that is the focus of Mangold’s movie, and it gets the tone, period and competitive nature of the drivers right. It also does justice to the relationship between car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and British-American driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) who are the center of the story.

A close friend and former associate of mine named Bob Thomas knew
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