Hidden Figures’ success celebrates untold story of three inspirational black women

The biographical film Hidden Figures celebrates the unknown history of three inspirational black women.

The enlightening film has become this year’s highest grossing Oscar-nominee. Although La La Land has had a recording-breaking 14 Oscar Nominations, Hidden Figures has been seeing much success.

The movie which was released in the UK on 17 February 2017 is making its name known and visible. The movie is far from a hidden treasure and this is reflected through the figures. Box office figures have revealed that the film has raked in $134.6 m [£108.4 m] in the US.

In comparison, Oscar award contender, La La Land has grossed $128.5m [£103.5] in the US. The two movies are nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Picture.

The movie is the first film with an all-female cast to remain in the number 1 spot for weeks. The last movie to achieve this was The Help, which was released in 2011.

The inspirational movie is based on the untold story of a team of African-American female mathematicians. The gifted women played a vital role at NASA during the early years of the US space program.

They were the brains behind one of the greatest space operations of all time. The ‘human computers’ played major roles in sending American astronauts, Alan Shepard and John Glenn into space.

Shepard was the first American in space and Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. The women helped America greatly during the ‘Cold-war fuelled’ space race.

The hidden female figures behind the genius NASA operations are Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Although the trio lived during the period of segregation, they were able to challenge and overcome boundaries.

Their contributions have been overlooked but with the release of this film they are finally being celebrated. The trio is played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.

During times of political unrest the movie unites, uplifts, inspires and empowers.

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

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