One of the most lauded films heading into the 2017 Oscar ceremony, is an unlikely candidate. Hidden Figures tells the true story of the three mathematicians who helped NASA take the lead in the Space Race. What’s even more remarkable, is that these three ladies weren’t even in on the job, they’d been funneled into a racially segregated division of a Langley think tank. Distinguished by their unparalleled skill and their unflinching bravery, these women carved new territory for America using only their ridiculous math skills. This is the true story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, the real women behind Hidden Figures.
1. The Human Computers
In the 1960s, the work of getting man into space wasn’t done by processors, it was done by actual human beings who worked the incredibly complicated math formulas necessary to get what amounted to giant, flying rocks from Earth into space and back again. Academic institutions had been using women as computers since the late 19th century. It was in this position at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (the precursor to NASA), that the three characters at the center of Hidden Figures’ tale were working when events kicked off.
More in Entertainment
The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cast Stands Up for Their Embattled Director
It’s been more than a week since news broke that Disney had axed James Gunn for a series of tweets he...July 30, 2018
Obama Dances at a Beyonce Show, Reaffirms Position as World’s Coolest Nerd
Even though Jay-Z and Beyoncé have only been on the road for just a few short weeks, the iconic couple’s On...July 30, 2018
Drake Returns to High School Drama with ‘Euphoria’
This morning, HBO announced that it was ordering 10 episodes of high school drama series Euphoria, based on 2012 Israel series...July 30, 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Loses $15 Billion In a Few Hours
Facebook on Wednesday published disappointing quarterly revenue. The next day, Wall Street responded in kind, and the shares of the social...July 27, 2018
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Continues to Dazzle in Season Six
Netflix on Friday released the sixth season of Orange Is the New Black, the comedy-drama set in a women’s prison. For...July 27, 2018
Alex Jones Banned from Facebook for 30 Days
After receiving multiple reports about four different videos posted to pages maintained by Alex Jones and his website InfoWars, Facebook decided...July 27, 2018