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?