Styrofoam_Guy wrote:I think Hidden Figures should have won (of all the movies I saw).
One thing I'd heard about Hidden Figures is that the very prominent scene involving the toilet sign didn't actually happen at all, and may've been an invention to enlarge the role the white people at NASA at the time played to break down the racial barriers at the organisation - which is a shame to hear. If scenes like that (and who knows what other elements may've been changed/added) hadn't been included in the film, then I'd agree with you that it should have gotten an Oscar. In an ideal world you shouldn't need to give white people a bigger role than they actually played in historical events just to ensure a movie is more appealing to an audience.
Here's a pretty good link about the movie vs. history. http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelf ... n-figures/
Movies do tend to combine multiple real people to make one fictional character (Kevin Costner), and invent the fictional characters of Parson and Dunst, and make up things like smashing a nonexistent bathroom sign. Because I guess showing more of the actual day to day grind of discrimination and segregation those women faced wouldn't have made as dramatic a movie. I thought Jacksons fight to get into classes was the toughest fight in the movie, and sadly the most realistic and troubling. Like the work they actually did, sitting with a group of people doing math problems, doesn't look exciting even though we would never have gotten to space without it,
Hidden Figures showing the racism those women had to fight, and more people involved in the space program not just the astronauts, was very cool. The link below sums that up well.http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/201 ... stuff.html
From the link:
"And where was Johnson? As Shetterly’s book makes clear, Johnson performed her calculations at her desk in Building 1244 on Langley’s West Side, far from the control room in Florida. Dramatic license, you might say, to put her at the center of the action in Hidden Figures’ exciting climax. Maybe you’ll shake your head at Hollywood treacle, or see social-justice conspiracies in the movie’s vaunting of its heroine. Me, I prefer to think of that engaging, satisfying sequence as a long-overdue correction: a film finally putting at center stage the people who have remained “hidden” far too long."