Hidden Figures Dominates the Award Circuit and Box Office
Hidden Figures was one of the night’s biggest winners at this weekend’s 48th. Annual NAACP Image Awards. The film, which tells the story of three black female mathematicians who helped launch the NASA space program, took home two statuettes, including one for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, which went to Taraji P. Henson.
Henson also took home the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Cookie Lyon on the Fox series Empire.
While accepting the award for her portrayal of Katherine G. Johnson, Taraji admitted she was hesitant, mostly because she failed math throughout school and that it was understood that stem fields were “for the boys.”
“There are roles you accept that scare you. And this one did because I failed math,” Taraji told the crowd. “I made it my mission to get over that fear and do this film. This film was very important. It was bigger than me.”
Hidden Figures also tallied another 8 million dollars at weekend box office, bringing its total to just over $135,000,000 domestically. It is now the highest-grossing film up for Best Picture nod at this year’s Academy Awards.