Rush shut out of Oscar nominations

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Ron Howard’s “Rush” was nominated for two Golden Globes, and, you figured, had a good chance at being nominated in the same spots and additionally in some of the technical categories for the Academy Awards. Not the case.

A full list of Academy Award nominations were revealed on Thursday and “Rush” was shut out of any nominations entirely.

Four of the five nominated for Best Supporting Actor from the Golden Globes carried over to the Oscars, but Daniel Brühl’s Niki Lauda portrayal was replaced here by Jonah Hill, in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Quite why is a question mark.

The nine pictures nominated for Best Picture are “American Hustle,” ”Captain Phillips,” ”Dallas Buyers Club,” ”Gravity,” ”Her,” ”Nebraska,” ”Philomena,” ”12 Years a Slave,” and ”The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Some of the other categories where “Rush” could have been nominated were Production Design, Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, or perhaps Original Score. But, like a driver who goes winless over the course of a season, “Rush” has come up empty in the most grandiose awards ceremony of the year.

No matter. Niki Lauda still presented at the Golden Globes, and ultimately that’s what race fans will be able to hang onto until we see more cars on track.

And on the bright side, “Rush” is already available on iTunes and set for DVD release on January 28. So it’s not all bad news.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)