‘Hidden Figures’ Cast Set for Honor at Palm Springs Film Festival

Dave McNary
Variety

The Palm Springs International Film Festival has selected the cast of “Hidden Figures” to receive the ensemble performance award, which will be presented at its gala on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons are expected to attend.

“History has its share of incredible untold stories, and this is one of the most compelling, the tale of three African-American women – engineers, physicists, mathematicians – who in their work for NASA in the early 1960s were integral in calculating the flight trajectories for Project Mercury and Apollo 11,” said the festival’s chairman Harold Matzner.

“Fueled by the performances of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe, the ensemble cast also features outstanding performances from Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Glen Powell and many others. ”

Past recipients of the Ensemble Performance Award include the casts of “Argo,” “American Hustle,” “Babel,” “The Big Short,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Social Network.”

“Hidden Figures” stars Henson as Katherine Johnson, while Spencer portrays Dorothy Vaughan and Monae plays Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the key scientists on the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The film is directed by Theodore Melfi from a screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Fox opens “Hidden Figures” in limited release on Dec. 25.

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