Best Picture Nominee : Hidden Figures

#Hidden Figures 

: NASA Scientists Biopic, Women Power:

In the early 1960s, as the U.S. seeks to surpass the Soviet Union in the space race, three mathematically and technologically gifted African-American women must cope with racism and sexism while performing vital tasks at NASA’s segregated Virginia facilities.

Directed by Theodore Melfi)

Stars : Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Jim Parson, Kevin Costner, Kristen Dunst.

Release Date : 6 January, 2017

Budget : $25 million
Gross : $132 million

Ratings :
On Release :
IMDB – 8/10
RANK – 92
Metacritic – 74
Roger Ebert – 3.5/4

Post Nomination :
IMDB – 7.9/10
RANK – 107

Metacritic -74
Post Bafta : Out of 300 Movies Rank IMDB

Oscar Nominations : (3)
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress : Octavia Spencer
Adapted Screenplay

Snubs :
Best Actress : Taraji P. Henson
Best Supp. Actress : Janelle Monae
Best Song ‘Runnin’
Best Score

SAG win :


No BAFTA 2017 wins.

Trivia & Comments :

The control console props used in ‘Hidden Figures’ were built for this film:
The props were built for ‘Apollo 13’ and modified for use in ‘The Hunger Games.’

Taraji P. Henson went method with her costuming on the set of ‘Hidden Figures.’
Twentieth Century Fox

Undies were secret weapons for ‘Hidden Figures’ star Taraji P. Henson.

Playing unsung NASA math hero Katherine Johnson meant Henson was always decked out in retro 1960s attire. But that also included wearing the throwback underwear of the era, including corsets and girdles. “That snatches you into a perfect stature. You have no choice,” Henson laughs. “Women back then carried themselves not as loosely as the women do today because they were strapped down and pinned down.”

Math genius Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) is key to America staying competitive in the Space Race in ‘Hidden Figures.’

Movie Reviews :

Thanks to this engrossing and beautifully told story, these women will be “Hidden Figures” no more.

Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer star in this movie about three real-life Black women working at NASA in the 1950s. It’s a feel-good, inspirational film. But we’re still disappointed that Henson wasn’t nominated for “Best Actress.”

In heartwarming, crowd-pleasing fashion, Hidden Figurescelebrates overlooked — and crucial — contributions from a pivotal moment in American history.

A highly enjoyable and feelgood movie, but it’s overly obvious Hollywood feel devalues the African American struggle as well as female struggle of the time.

Yes, the story may have been panel-beaten into a gleaming, Oscar-friendly shape. That Hidden Figures is still so entertaining and moving is due in large part to a hugely likeable central trio of performances.

This is an immensely likeable film and one that draws overdue attention to a story that has been neglected for far too long.

Hidden Figures – Well done film about a little known topic.  A little too preachy, and little too shallow for my tastes.  But certainly entertaining.

Hidden Figures is not a good movie. Sorry, but it’s not.

It’s touching, sobering, sometimes funny, this lesson in racial history …

Hidden Figures isn’t pushing the cinematic boat out in any new directions, but it steers its prescribed course nimbly and nicely.

Essentially Parabolas & Prejudice, it isn’t the most nuanced piece of work out this month. But nuance be damned – an uplifting plea for equality, this is a story calibrated for maximum effect.


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