When Taraji's character calls out that room full of men, I got tears in my eyes. It hit that close to home.
Here's a clip from HIDDEN FIGURES.
Katherine Johnson, the awesome NASA mathematician and physicist portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. She's now 98.
HIDDEN FIGURES also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst and Mahershala Ali.
Taraji P. Henson was a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee for 2008's fantasy/drama THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. If you know Henson primarily from her scene-stealing work as Cookie on the hit TV series, EMPIRE, or her previous work as a regular on the CBS series, PERSONS OF INTEREST, you need to see HIDDEN FIGURES. It displays her impressive range as an actress.
Here's a casting note: Back in 2012, I interviewed Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr in his Los Angeles home. He was in the original Broadway cast of the groundbreaking 1959 play, A RAISIN IN THE SUN. The play was written by the late Lorraine Hansberry. Gossett and the rest of the lead Broadway cast members, including Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, repeated their roles in the film version. African American playwright Lorraine Hansberry, the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway, was a Civil Rights activist and a lesbian who was pro-gay rights before it became a national movement.
I asked Lou who should play Lorraine Hansberrry if there was a biopic done on her and, without even taking a breath, Lou Gossett immediately replied, "Taraji P. Henson."
I'd be thrilled to see HIDDEN FIGURES win the Oscar for Best Picture.