Possible nominations: Best picture, best director (Ron Howard), best supporting actor (Daniel Brühl)
Dubious about a Formula One racing movie? Worried you can't muster the energy to care about the rivalry between Chris Hemsworth's James Hunt and Brühl's Niki Lauda? Trust in Ron Howard. Even if "Rush" isn't a surefire best picture nominee, the veteran could score his first directing nomination since 2009 ("Frost/Nixon") and possibly pull off his first win since 2002 ("A Beautiful Mind"). By all accounts, Brühl's performance is particularly primed for a best supporting nod.