As Oscar voting gets underway this week, Best Picture nominee “Hidden Figures” is getting a special screening on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter.
The report claims that four Democrats – U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep Bobby Scott – will host the event Wednesday inside the Capitol Visitor Center. The outlet also reports that director Theodore Melfi says he expects the event to be bipartisan, explaining:
Mefli said he doesn’t intend to take aim at President Donald Trump’s administration when introducing the film on Capitol Hill, as part of an initiative to acknowledge the value of science, technology and math education. “The message should be about unity, since the film is about putting the good of the whole forward,” he said. “This country has a sordid experience with racism.”
This isn’t the first time the film will screen in a political realm. Michelle Obama brought the film to the White House in December. The cast and director were also in attendance.
“Hidden Figures” follows Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant African-American mathematicians who were part of the NASA brain power behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit.
Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth and return safely, and the mission was a resounding success. He died Dec. 8. Johnson, now 97, attended the event at the White House in December as well. President Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom for her work.
In addition, Kirsten Dunst (“Midnight Special”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Kevin Costner also star in the film.
The film is based off of the Margot Lee Shetterly book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.” The book released in September of this year by HarperCollins.
“Hidden Figures” will compete in Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer on Oscar Sunday.