Nat Geo is developing a series inspired by the film “Hidden Figures,” Variety has learned exclusively. The film was itself based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, which told the true story of the black female mathematicians who were instrumental in the early days of the American space program. The 2016 film starred Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons.
It was nominated for Three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and grossed over $235 million worldwide. The TV project, which is in the early stages of development, will be executive produced by Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping of Chernin Entertainment, both of whom executive produced the film. National Geographic will also produce. Should the project go to series, it would be the latest in Nat Geo’s continuing push into scripted fare.
Pharrell’s ‘Hidden Figures’ Soundtrack has been nominated for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards that will air on January 28. The OST has been nominated for the category ‘Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media’, other nominations include Baby Driver, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2, La La Land and Moana: The Songs.
Watch Pharrell Williams’ LIVE Q&A with the cast of ‘Hidden Figures‘.
Thanks to 21st Century Fox and AMC Theatres, those residing in 14 U.S. cities will have the opportunity on Feb. 18 to watch the three-time Oscar-nominated movie about the African American women who were behind NASA’s space program during its early years.
Gratis screenings for Hidden Figures will take place at 10AM on that Saturday at AMC venues in Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; The Bronx, NY; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA; Oakland, CA; St. Louis, MO; Miami, FL; and Washington, DC. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and can be reserved at AMC’s website.
While the biographical drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer didn’t take any honors from the recent Golden Globe ceremony, Hidden Figures took the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture. Teary-eyed and astounded, the three lead actresses took the stage to receive their award on behalf of the cast.
Taraji P. Henson took the microphone and gave an empowered speech about how it was an honor for her to share the story of the women who helped put the first men into space. “This story is about unity, this story is about what happens when we put our differences aside,” Henson says. “And we come together as a human race, we win. Love wins. Every time. Thank you so much for appreciating the work we’ve done. Thank you so much for appreciating these women, they are hidden figures no more!” Watch below.
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Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams earned his second career Academy Award nomination Tuesday morning when “Hidden Figures,” a movie he helped produce, was selected as one of nine best picture Oscar nominees. Williams took to Twitter shortly after noon with this tweet via @Pharrell: “Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Screenplay, and Best Picture! Thank you to the Academy for three #HiddenFigures nominations!”
Williams was nominated along with fellow “Hidden Figures” producers Peter Chernin, Donna Gigliotti, Theodore Melfi and Jenno Topping. Octavia Spencer, a previous Oscar winner, received a nomination Tuesday for best supporting actress. Allison Schroeder and Melfi were nominated for best adapted screenplay. The 89th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 26. Williams was nominated three years ago in the category of best original song, for “Happy,” from “Despicable Me 2.”
Despite his one nomination this year, The New York Times and People magazine websites listed Williams among the Oscar snubs on the music side. “Mr. Williams didn’t just help produce ‘Hidden Figures,’ he also wrote songs and music for it,” NYTimes.com said. “The academy, however, didn’t give him the love this year, opting instead for ‘The Empty Chair’ from ‘Jim: The James Foley Story,’ by Sting and J. Ralph.
“The musician and producer was nominated for a Golden Globe for best original score for ‘Hidden Figures,'” People.com said. “However, his work was overlooked in the Oscars’ Original Score and Best Original Song categories.” “Hidden Figures” tells the story of real-life mathematicians who worked at NASA in the 1960s and stars Taraji P. Henson, Spencer and Janelle Monáe. The movie is set in Hampton but was filmed in Atlanta.
“Hidden Figures” is currently certified fresh on RottenTomatoes.com, with a 92 percent favorable rating from critics and 94 percent from audiences. So far, the movie has grossed more than $100 million in U.S. theaters, according to the-numbers.com. It finished third in the box office last weekend, behind only the premieres of “Split” and “XXX: Return Of Xander Cage.”
Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
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