The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. (IMDb)
Nominations: Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), and Adapted Screenplay.
So, of all the best picture nominees, this one is definitely the most commercial. But. It is also the most inspirational. Like I’m still smiling thinking about it. These ladies were mostly likely some of the brightest brains they had at NASA at that time, but were shoved into a tiny building crunching numbers all day. The fact that these three women worked inside the system to upheave it is something I am simply in awe of. The movie itself was pretty good too, haha. The power trio of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae cannot be denied. They were fabulous. The script, which got the nomination for Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, is as smart and quick as its leads, and is full of plenty of quotable one liners that had me saying “hell yeah” out loud. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable ride, and a look into a civil rights era story that’s been buried for way too long.