While Nika Lauda would certainly not be a stranger to Los Angeles – in its days of hosting the Grand Prix at nearby Long Beach – he is certainly not one to don a tuxedo and head to a Hollywood awards ceremony…
But the three-time Formula 1 World Champion did exactly that overnight, arriving in his trademark red cap to walk the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards.
Formula 1 and Hollywood have rarely been terms uttered in the same sentence, but thanks to the success of Ron Howard’s critically-acclaimed film, RUSH – which charts Lauda and James Hunt’s tussle for the 1976 title – the sport has a new fan base.
Lauda was on stage with the film’s lead actor, Australia’s own Chris Hemsworth, to present a brief clip of the film as a celebration of it being shortlisted as one of the five nominees for the ‘Best Picture: Drama’ category.
Unfortunately the film didn’t win in that category, while Daniel Brühl – who played Lauda to high praise from critics and fans alike – also missed out winning the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ category, being beaten by Jared Leto.
Brühl is still hotly tipped to earn a nomination in the same category with the Academy Awards nominations are announced, while the movie is expected to earn a number of technical category awards as well.