Ron Howard’s Rush, the big-screen adaptation of the 1976 Formula 1 title battle between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, has earned additional critical acclaim in the past few days. The movie secured two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations — Outstanding Performance By a Male Actor In a Supporting Role for Bruhl, for his portrayal of Lauda, and Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture. The movie also secured two Golden Globes nominations, which are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and often presage voting for the more widely publicized Academy Awards’ Oscars: Bruhl for Supporting Actor, and Best Motion Picture – Drama.
Bruhl, who says he become a personal friend of Lauda’s during production of the movie, was exultant at the news. “I’m in Vienna jumping up and down,” the actor told USA Today. “People call me Niki Lauda here. They don’t call me Daniel.”
While Rush made good on its $38 million production cost by grossing more than $90 million worldwide since its September release, only $27m of that box office take came in the U.S., a relative disappointment. Bruhl said he hoped that the Globes nominations encourage more Americans to see the film.
“These nominations of course give me hope that more Americans will see the movie,” he added. “Maybe people at first were not interested because they didn’t know the story, but once people see it, they love it, and it makes me very happy. Especially for Ron [Howard], because he did the best job with it. I would say it’s one of the best films in that genre ever.”