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Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American women mathematicians that worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. The film also features Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, with Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Glen Powell, and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles – Source Wikipedia

Besides the obvious lure of two powerful themes – the civil rights movement and women’s emancipation – two of the cast drew me to catch this movie:

The first was Kevin Costner – I became his fan after watching him in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (1991) and several other movies such as – The Guardian (2006) and McFarland USA (2015).

The second was Octavia Spencer who first caught my eye in another civil rights movie, The Help (2011).

I did not know that African American women made such significant contributions to the American space program as early as in the 1960s. The story had to be told on the big screen and I am glad to have caught the movie.

If you like more backstory, read it here: Hidden Figures.

Image source: IMdB


A family friendly tent-pole movie that has something for everyone: romance, adventure, thrills, science and the aforementioned themes on confronting and prevailing over racism and sexism.

Hidden Figures was nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture. However, it did not win any. But it did win a whole bunch of other international awards.

I highly recommend the movie.

My rating: A 10 out of 10