We bet a lot of folks in Hollywood and beyond didn’t see this coming. We’re talking about the fact that Hidden Figures is now the highest grossing Oscar-nominated film of the year.
The movie that tells the story of three black women, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson who helped John Glenn launch into outer space and has grossed $120 million since opening on Christmas Day, about a million dollars more than fellow Best Picture nominee La La Land.
Hidden Figures is not only a commercial hit, but it’s also garnering critical acclaim as well. As an indication of it’s award-winning strength and popularity, the film walked away with a SAG/Screen Actors Guild Award for best ensemble cast. And like La La Land, Moonlight and Fences, it’s also nominated for a Best Picture at the upcoming Oscar ceremonies.
At the SAG Awards, Taraji P. Henson, who stars as Johnson said the project was about the power of togetherness.
“This film is about unity. The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars,” she said. “This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside, and we come together as a human race.”
In other news about the film, Karen Sharpe – actress and widow of legendary Hollywood director Stanley Kramer – called Hidden Figures her “favorite film of the year,” adding, “It’s beautifully done and beautifully acted. And it’s making a lot of money!”
Sharpe, 82, told Yahoo Movies she recognizes a certain kinship between Theodore Melfi’s film and the work of her late husband, who regularly tackled the subject of race in such socially conscious, taboo-busting films as The Defiant Ones and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
“I think it would have been a Stanley Kramer movie,” Sharpe says when asked whether her husband would have made a movie like Hidden Figures.
“He would have told [this story]. He used film as a weapon or tool to fight against injustice, discrimination, and bigotry. [But he knew] you have to tell them entertainingly,” she says. “If you look at the editing of ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ it’s brilliantly done. The one-liners are fantastic.”
The Best Moments From The 2017 SAG Awards
1. Yara Shahidi1 of 21
2. Uzo Aduba2 of 21
3. Rashida Jones3 of 21
4. Nathalie Emmanuel4 of 21
5. Naomie Harris5 of 21
6. Kerry Washington6 of 21
7. Pauletta and Denzel Washington7 of 21
8. Caleb McLaughlin8 of 21
9. Adrienne C. Moore9 of 21
10. Taraji P Henson10 of 21
11. Meryl Streep and Viola Davis11 of 21
12. Viola Davis12 of 21
13. Janelle Monae and Taraji P Henson13 of 21
14. Mahershala Ali14 of 21
15. Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Taraji P Henson15 of 21
16. Mahershala Ali16 of 21
17. The cast of Hidden Figures17 of 21
18. Girl Power - Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson18 of 21
19. Danielle Brooks19 of 21
20. Jason George20 of 21
21. Journee Smollett Bell21 of 21
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