Rush receives Golden Globe nominations

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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?

Hinch boldly “goes” where many drivers have gone before

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One of the most common questions racing drivers face is “What happens if you have to use the bathroom when you’re driving?”

And the most common answer is “You just go.” While admittedly a little disgusting, it is nonetheless a problem that occasionally surfaces, and an innumerable amount of drivers have done so in their careers.

However, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe apparently had never found himself in such a predicament in his career. That is, until Sunday in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

While under the first red flag for rain, Hinchcliffe started to receive “nature’s call.” Unable to get out of the car to use a restroom – drivers had not been permitted to get out of their cars – Hinchcliffe was forced to wait and hold it.

But when the cars briefly took to the track again prior to a second red flag, it became too much to handle, and Hinch was forced to “relieve himself” while circulating under caution.

“I always maintained that I knew at some point in my career it would happen,” he quipped to NBCSN’s Kevin Lee.”

He added, “I was sitting there under that first red (flag), just begging to get three minutes. That’s all you need, (steering wheel off to wheel on). And when we got going again, my legs were shaking, I had to go so bad. I’m like ‘I can’t drive a race car like this.’ So under caution, it took me a full lap, it was one of the least comfortable experiences of my entire life, but I can officially say I’ve joined the likes of Will Power, Dario Franchitti, and other greats that have peed themselves in their suit.”

Social media reaction added to the moment’s hilarity, with SPM and teammate Robert Wickens weighing in.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal also chimed in, coming to Hinchcliffe’s defense.

Hinchcliffe, fully refreshed, will restart the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in fifth when racing resumes on Monday.

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