“Rush” shut out of Golden Globes; Lauda, Hemsworth still present (VIDEO)

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Although Ron Howard’s “Rush” was nominated for a pair of Golden Globe Awards, the film was unable to take home a victory in Sunday night’s ceremony.

Universal Studios’ “Rush” was nominated for Best Picture – Drama, but lost out to “12 Years a Slave.” Meanwhile Daniel Brühl, who played Niki Lauda in the film, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor – drama but lost out to Jared Leto of “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Not all was lost for race fans though because Lauda, as expected, came out to introduce the film’s nomination within the last half hour of the three-hour show. Lauda and Chris Hemsworth, who played Lauda’s rival and 1976 World Champion James Hunt, did the job of providing a brief synopsis of the film that chronicles their bout for the title.

With the Academy Awards to come, where “Rush” could score is in the technical awards, which aren’t presented at the Golden Globes. Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack or some of the cinematic elements of the movie could get nominated, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Brühl nominated once more or for the film itself to get a Best Picture nomination there.

There was one other possible racing element that could have popped up during the Globes, as Leonardo DiCaprio received Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his performance in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” But DiCaprio, unsurprisingly, did not make mention of his new role as a team owner in the new FIA Formula E Championship, the new all-electric racing series.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – the latter of whom took home a Best Actress in a television series, comedy or musical for “Parks and Recreation” – hosted the show and had several excellent one-liners. More here from NBC News’ “Today” if you’re interested, or missed the barrage of snark on Twitter last night (yes, I’m guilty of offering up some of it).

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.