Howard talks about why he wanted to direct the movie Rush, a film about Formula 1 racing in the 1970s:
The first movie I did that was inspired by true events was Apollo 13. We had a preview screening, and the audience comment cards were great. I was very excited. But suddenly I came to one that marked it ‘poor.’ In big giant letters the guy wrote, ‘More Hollywood bullshit. They would never survive!’ I realized then that’s the beauty of a true story.
Howard gives his thoughts on getting occasional bad reviews for movies he creates:
I keep asking myself, Why do I care? I know that my work is a result of 110 percent effort. I know how I feel about the film. Why do I care about reviews? Why do I care about the box office? But as soon as I ask the question, a voice in the back of my head always answers, Because youhave to care. You can’t live without caring. That’s who you are, and therefore you must suffer from time to time.
Howard wins the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing for his drama Beautiful Mind. Mel Gibson presents the award.
I also want to mention that before my mom (Jean Howard) passed away about eighteen months ago, she predicted that this was going to happen for me on this film. Well, she also made that prediction on every movie that I’ve directed since 1983. So now you know a little something about my mom. Thank you, Mom.