Monday, August 15, 2016

Oscar Watch: Hidden Figures (2016)

Fittingly, on the night of the Olympics, a trailer for the upcoming biopic Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, was aired. I say fittingly so because the film is an inspirational true story and the Olympics are all about inspiration.

The film about a group of black female mathematicians who helped NASA compete in the Space Race between the U.S. and Russia. One thing I love about the trailer is how it looks like it's mostly told from the point of view of the mathematicians themselves rather than from a white voice which is a common trope among films that center around people of color like The Help and Dances With Wolves. Interestingly enough, Spencer from The Help and Kevin Costner from Dances With Wolves star in this.

Taraji P. Henson, who is hot on television right now thanks to Empire, looks like she has a great role on the big screen and Janelle Monae could be somebody to watch out for in the Best Supporting Actress race since she has both this and Moonlight out this year. Previous Oscar winner Octavia Spencer could be someone to watch out for as well depending on what kind of role she has.

From the looks of the trailer, it looks like a light-hearted crowd pleaser. Even if the actual product itself is less light hearted than it appears, you still want to do whatever you can to sell your product and make it appear as accessible as possible. When I saw that the film was trending on Twitter once the trailer was released, there were a lot of excited tweets so there definitely looks to be plenty of audience interest in it. I know I'm excited for it. The film will receive a wide release on January 13th with a possible awards-qualifying release at the end of December.

What do you guys think? Do you think it looks like a legitimate Oscar contender and do you think it looks like a great film in general? Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!