Hidden Figures is a story about the heroic efforts of Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Those three NASA employees, essential to our space race in the 1960s, were three strong women who happened to be played by three strong women, in Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe.
This year marks the 89th Academy Awards — meaning that we have 88 winners of the Oscars’ Best Picture to dig into so far. That’s a large number, and to help you wrap your head around it, Yahoo Movies has compiled a video of clips from every Best Picture winner ever, beginning with the 1927 silent film Wings and ending with last year’s Spotlight. It’s a crash course in Oscar history and film trends. Watch it above!
2017’s Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday night, and forecasters increasingly expect it to come down to a battle between Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight for Best Picture. According to a new poll on all things Oscars by The Hollywood Reporter, however, couldn’t name those two films — or any of the other seven contenders — as nominees for the award. According to THR’s survey (conducted with the National Research Group in February), 60 percent of the 800 people questioned drew a blank when it came to Best Picture nominees — and in many respects, those results crossed political lines.
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Taraji P. Henson, from right, Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, Kimberly Quinn, and Saniyya Sidney, foreground left, accept the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for “Hidden Figures” at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. Fox’s historical drama Hidden Figures won top SAG Award for top ensemble cast on Sunday in an awards show that also saw Fences, Moonlight and La La Land receive recogntion.
The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild went as expected — it’s an organization that has a habit of rewarding frontrunners and repeat winners, after all. So it came as little surprise that Emma Stone and Viola Davis took home trophies. Read More: Awards: The Contenders
While interviewing Pharrell Williams on the red carpet before Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, Jenna Bush accidentally referred to Hidden Figures (a drama about three African-American women who worked for NASA’s space program) as Hidden Fences — a mistake that referenced Fences, a drama about a working-class African-American family. Conflating those two films was more than a bit indelicate, and Bush’s faux pas became more pronounced when Michael Keaton repeated her blunder on stage. On last night’s The Late Show, Stephen Colbert debuted a promo for Hidden Fences, a make-believe feature created out of mashed-up clips from both Hidden Figures and Fences, including some goofily re-recorded dialogue snippets.