2:56pm PT by Chris Gardner
George Lucas and Jeffrey Katzenberg Host 'Hidden Figures' Screening for Star Janelle Monae
Jeffrey Katzenberg reunited with DreamWorks Animation chairwoman Mellody Hobson on Tuesday night in West Hollywood along with her husband, Katzenberg's longtime friend George Lucas, to host a special screening of Fox's Hidden Figures.
But this wasn't a screening without a cause. The trio put their names on the invite and showed up to The London to support Janelle Monae's performance in the Theodore Melfi-directed pic. Hobson handled the Q&A duties in front of a theater full of friends from the film, including producer-composer Pharrell Williams, screenwriter Allison Schroeder (who co-wrote the script with Melfi based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly), executive producers Mimi Valdes and Ivana Lombardi, 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Stacey Snider, Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler and Fox 2000 vp production Marisa Paiva.
The event continues Monae's turn in the spotlight, propelled by her work in Hidden Figures, which also stars Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer in the story of an elite team of black female mathematicians at NASA who helped win the all-out space race against America's rivals in the Soviet Union.
Earlier this week, the cast turned up at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where they picked up an ensemble cast prize for the entire team (Henson, Spencer, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali and Glen Powell).
Singer-turned-actress Monae also received a Critics' Choice Award nomination and a SAG ensemble nomination for her performance in Hidden Figures. But it's not her only standout film this season, as she and Ali also star in Barry Jenkins' awards contender Moonlight.