‘Le Mans 1955’ animation getting Oscar consideration

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The popular Ford v Ferrari may not be the only auto-related movie receiving Oscar consideration this season. French filmmaker Quentin Baillieux’s Le Mans 1955 is in consideration for an Academy Award in the category of best animated short film.

Baillieux’s film runs 15 minutes and focuses on the Mercedes-Benz team and its participation and eventual withdrawal from the race even with one of its cars in the lead. The team withdrew after its other entry was caught up in a collision which sent the cars into the stands, killing not only the Mercedes driver Pierre Levegh but more than 80 spectators and injuring dozens more.

Like Ford v Ferrari, Le Mans 1955 is Oscar eligible. The official shortlist of finalists is to be announced on December 16.


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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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