“Ford v Ferrari,” March 21, 2020 (2019), DVD. I’ve been very stressed out, what with the virus, the economy, online teaching, and the like. I turned to this as a piece of cinematic escape, and it was that. Carroll Shelby (Matt Daman) was the only American to win at LeMans (1959) but then had to pull out of racing for health reasons. He built hot cars, some raced by Brit mechanic-driver Ken Milles (Christian Slater). Both are seriously obsessed car guys. Into their lives come Ford, in the persons of Henry II (Tracy Letts), Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) and suit Leo Beebe (Josh Lucas) who’ve become obsessed with beating Ferrari to establish Ford’s place in racing and the new car market. This is not an easy marriage as the story chronicles their struggles, failures, and of course eventual triumph. Too much of spoiler, well, it’s based on ‘a true story’ so that shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Slater and Daman are excellent and it’s full of hot cars and explosive tempers. Ford is the enemy more than Ferrari ever could be. Suits are bad, individualist car guys are good. Did it matter? Not much. Did I enjoy it? Yes, passably well. Like I said, Daman And Slater are very good and all the acting works. Oscars for editing and sound, truly deserved. But why this was nominated for Best Picture simply eludes me. The danger of expanded nominations?