Women’s History Month: “Hidden Figures”

The Worthington Campus held their second movie screening “Hidden Figures” for Women’s Month, directed and written by Theodore Melfi on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. “Hidden Figures” depicted three brilliant African-American women at NASA that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. It was a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. The stellar performances were by three talented women, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.

The movie chronicles the lives of black women working at NASA as “human computers” who do difficult math by hand and in their heads. It takes place in the 1950s and 1960s. The title “Hidden Figures” has a double meaning, on one hand it refers to the mathematical calculations that went in to making John Glenn the first American man into space in 1962. On the other, Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), a math prodigy who can, “look beyond the numbers.”

The movie received many awards including three Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Spencer), and two Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actress for Spencer and Best Original Score). It also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The National Board of Review chose Hidden Figures as one of the top ten films of 2016.

The student audience was treated to popcorn at the showing. Many of them were not aware of the NASA story. “It truly is a must see movie.” Thanks to SGA for the popcorn.

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