Ford V Ferrari won two Oscar Awards for sound editing and film editing at the 92nd annual Academy Awards. The film managed to be popular outside of the car enthusiast world, and that showed at the Oscars. We praised the film for its ultimate focus on what mattered in the story: the racing and the cars.
The sound editing award is most fitting for the film. Throughout the film, the sound was immersive and made you feel like you weren’t only watching the race, but part of it. The impressive detail in the sound was part of it. Each gear change, tire squeal, and backfire from the roaring exhaust was just that little bit louder than everything else. It was loud and proud in the best way possible. Ford V Ferrari faced steep competition in the category from films like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Joker.
The captivating qualities of the movie also come from the filming itself. Just like the sound, it made the audience feel like they were part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The filming highlighted the same gritty details of racing as the sound did, and showed the determination from Ken Miles. Ford V Ferrari won the film editing award against films like Joker, Parasite, and The Irishmen.
Ford V Ferrari should hold a legacy far beyond being the first racing themed film to win an Oscar since Grand Prix in 1967. The movie got people interested and talking about cars, racing, and the history of each. Furthermore, it highlighted the story of Ken Miles. While Carol Shelby did design the Ford GT40, Miles was the one that made it successful. He is also overlooked in Le Mans history, as Miles was snubbed from winning the race at the last second. Because of the popularity of the movie, we expect interest in Le Mans to increase this year.
Most impressively, Ford V Ferrari was both interesting and educational to everyone. The movie was interesting whether you knew the story beforehand or not. It’s a people with and without an interest in cars alike could enjoy. People got behind Miles in the film, cheered for him, and felt part of the action. It is both entertainment and information blended better than most other movies could hope for. For those reasons and more, we congratulate the car culture movie on its double Oscar victory.