Hidden Figures Review

Damaya Hudson, Campus Life Editor

Hidden Figures is a movie based on three mathematicians in the never before told story about NASAs American space program.

In the early 60s, as the U. S. plots to surpass the Soviet Union in the space race. Three technologically and mathematically gifted African American women cope with sexism and racism while performing vital tasks at NASA’s segregated Virginia facilities.

The biography drama was directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Allison Schroeder. It was based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly on the African-American female mathematicians at NASA. In the film, two time Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Taraji P. Henson played the roles of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine G. Johnson respectively.

Hidden Figures was nominated for the 2017Academy Awards, three Oscars: Best picture, Best Adapted screenplay, best and Best supporting actress for spencer. It also received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Score. The film received positive reviews from critics while being grossed $84 million and counting. It was chosen by the National Board of Review for one of the top ten films in 2016.