Telluride: ‘Ford v. Ferrari’ Races to the Starting Line as Awards Season Revs Up

Great performances and thrilling sound are the hottest topics as festival goers celebrate James Mangold's latest.

Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari” made its world premiere at Telluride Friday afternoon and festival goers welcomed it enthusiastically.

Christian Bale and Matt Damon star in this true tale of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1966. Bale stars as race car driver Ken Miles, who teamed up with auto designer Carroll Shelby to design a Ford that could beat the ultra fast Ferrari.

Bale won an Academy Award for his supporting role in “The Fighter” in 2011. He has since been nominated three more times including last year’s leading role in “Vice.”

Damon won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting” in 1997. That film also earned him a nomination for Lead Actor. He has since earned two additional acting nominations, and was one of the nominated producers in 2017 for “Manchester by the Sea.”

“Ford v Ferrari” is directed by James Mangold, who earned his first Oscar nomination for writing “Logan” in 2017. He previously directed “Girl, Interrupted,” “Walk the Line,” and “Knight and Day.”

As the credits rolled in Colorado, reactions started pouring in to Twitter. Critics and fans shared generally wide praise for the action drama. Bale seems to be the hot topic of discussion, along with the film’s technical merits.

Our own Clayton Davis and Mark Johnson couldn’t wait to share their thoughts:

Mara Reinstein of Us Weekly was less effusive in her enthusiasm, but liked it nonetheless:

Ashley Menzel of We Live Entertainment shared Reinstein’s sentiments about the slow start, but agreed that this is an immersive experience:

Awards Circuit’s J. Don Birnam is also on hand at Telluride and had this to say:

And Erik Anderson of Awards Watch also wanted to give special mention to Oscar winner Bale:

“Ford v Ferrari” is distributed by 20th Century Fox and will be in theaters November 15.

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