When the Golden Globe Award nominations were announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HYFA) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Formula 1 historical drama "Rush" directed by Ron Howard raced away with two of them. Both the film itself and one of its principal actors could be taking home one of Hollywood's biggest prizes come January.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced nominations in 25 award categories for film and television. "Rush," directed by Ron Howard and based on the 1976 rivalry between Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, was nominated for Best Motion Picture, Drama. Its competitors in the category, according to HFPA are:
- "12 Years a Slave"
- "Captain Phillips"
Best Picture, Drama was not the only category where the Formula 1 feature film got a nod. One of the two principal actors in the film also received a nomination.
Portraying three-time Formula 1 world champion, Niki Lauda, Daniel Bruhl received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. His competitors in that category are:
- Michael Fassbender in "12 Years a Slave"
- Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club"
- Bradley Cooper in "American Hustle"
- Barkhad Abdi in "Captain Phillips"
In the publicity leading up the film's release in September, 2013, director Ron Howard often appeared at Grands Prix and was interviewed on television about the movie. For example, at the Monaco Grand Prix in May, he said it was important to him that the Formula 1 racing community and its fans would like the movie. For the most part, this has been the case. According to Box Office Mojo, "Rush" has grossed over $90 million worldwide to date, with about 30 percent of those ticket sales coming from the U.S.
Observers of motion picture awards have noted in the past that the HFPA Golden Globes are often a bell-weather measurement of which films and performances may be featured in the Academy Awards season a bit later in the same year. For the Golden Globes, there is a separate category for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
The Golden Globe Awards will be broadcast live on television via NBC on Sunday, January 12, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1. With a historic racer from upstate New York, she is working on a new book about racing.