Rush receives Golden Globe nominations

5 Comments

Films nominated for Golden Globes tend to have a decent chance of also being nominated for the Academy Awards. So in that sense, it is very good news for Ron Howard’s “Rush,” which received two Golden Globe nominations Thursday morning.

“Rush,” which of course captures the drama and battle for the 1976 Formula One World Championship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, has been nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama. Additionally, Daniel Brühl’s widely acclaimed portrayal of Lauda netted him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. All nominations were revealed this morning on the Golden Globes website and live on NBC’s “Today.”

Racing films have been on something of a resurgence over the last few years, but haven’t entered the mainstream award sector where they truly can get noticed beyond the niche audience that follows racing. Even tougher to do is getting the mainstream to realize that yes, there are other series besides NASCAR.

The 2010 documentary “Senna” won the Best Documentary Award at the BAFTA Awards and also took home awards at the Sundance, Los Angeles, Melbourne and Adelaide Film Festivals.

In terms of its win potential, “Rush” is nominated against early favorite “12 Years a Slave,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity” and “Philomena.” That’s a tough field.

But Bruhl has a better chance versus “Captain Phillips” Barkhad Abdi, “American Hustle’s” Bradley Cooper, “12 Years a Slave’s” Michael Fassbender and “Dallas Buyers Club’s” Jared Leto.

I’ll leave the critics to sort out the field there, but hell, few had Hunt beating Lauda in ’76 anyway. So why not Lauda – or at least the actor playing him – getting his own just desserts?

Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”