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Based on a true story, Hidden Figures follows the events of the U.S. and Russian race to put the first man in orbit.
Behind the scenes of one of the greatest operations in U.S. history, a group of African-American women (played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae) teamed up to solve mathematical equations for NASA. Set during a time of racial and gender inequality, the film tells the untold story of the three females' achievements, which restored the nation's confidence during the 1960s.
Hidden Figures is up for three Oscars — best picture, best supporting actress for Spencer and best adapted screenplay for Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi — in addition to earning other accolades including best ensemble at the SAG Awards.
The film focuses several real-life people in addition to including some fictional characters to help drive the storytelling. Below, read more about the cast, who they played and how the actors prepared for their role.
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