Who is Niki Lauda? Golden Globe nominee 'Rush' brings Formula One racer to the stage

niki-lauda-rush-formula-one-getty.jpg"Rush," the 2013 drama about a famous Formula One racing season, was nominated for the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama. The Ron Howard-directed film did not win, but star Chris Hemsworth and the subject of the film, Niki Lauda, took to the stage to present the award for Best Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical to "American Hustle."

In case you are wondering just who Lauda is, the Austrian is a former Formula One driver who was seriously injured in a crash in 1976, suffering severe burns that left scars over much of his body, but he returned to racing just six weeks later.

His story was brought to life in "Rush," which chronicles Lauda's crash and recovery, having to sit in the hospital and watch as his greatest rival, James Hunt, dominates the sport in his absence. Hemsworth portrayed Hunt in the movie and Lauda was played by Daniel Bruhl.

"Rush" opened nationwide in September 2013 and received two Golden Globe nominations.
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