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YMMV / Hidden Figures

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  • Award Snub: Despite the critical praise the movie received, Octavia Spencer was the only cast member to receive an Oscar nomination. Taraji P Henson was completely overlooked, as was Janelle Monae. The film was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, but went home empty-handed.
  • Fountain of Memes: Mary, the Deadpan Snarker of the three women, is this because of how many funny lines she got and Janelle Monae's delivery.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Janelle Monae came out as pansexual a few years after the movie was released, which makes her line "I got the right to see fine in every color" a fairly accurate summing up of Monae's real-life sexuality.
  • Internet Backdraft: There was one in regards to there being no demand that NASA's restrooms allow non-white people to use it, and the addition of the scene came off as a poor attempt at bringing Mighty Whitey into it. It only got worse when the director attempted to defend the scene with "There needs to be white people who do the right thing," even though it didn't actually happen in real life.
  • Memetic Mutation: At the Golden Globes, the film was twice misidentified as "Hidden Fences," due to being confused with the same year's film adaptation of Fences. Since about the only thing the two films have in common are their focus on black characters, much fun was had with the implications of the mistake.
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  • Minority Show Ghetto: Averted. The movie opened #1 at the box office (narrowly topping Rogue One on its fourth weekend) and held the position the following week as well, beating out Martin Scorsese's Silence and Ben Affleck's Live by Night, among others.
  • Narm:
    • The line "at NASA, we all pee the same colour" is incredibly awkward and forced, especially since the impact of the gesture was felt by just having the sign for 'Coloured Bathrooms' being torn down.
    • Jim Parsons is playing a role similar to Sheldon Cooper, but in a period drama. For some, this made his character hard to take seriously.
  • Narm Charm: Jim's proposal to Katherine. The sentimental nature of it veers very close to Tastes Like Diabetes but it still manages to be quite sweet.
  • Romantic Plot Tumour: For some viewers, the focus on Katherine and Jim falling in love and getting married takes too much time away from the far more interesting NASA storyline. The fact that Jim doesn't really add anything to the story beyond being a Satellite Love Interest makes this even more obvious. Many fans of the film felt the friendship between the three main female characters was the most interesting personal relationship in the movie, anyway.
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  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The movie is somewhat heavy-handed with its anti-racist and anti-sexist themes, but they're the themes that drive the plot and are still incredibly relevant to this day.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Many felt the scene where Katherine ran across the building to use the segregated bathroom would have been better if she had simply used the whites only bathroom without permission, as the real Katherine did.
  • Unfortunate Implications: In the movie, Al Harrison demands that NASA's restrooms be made race-neutral after learning that Katherine Johnson had to travel all the way across campus to use the black women's restroom. In reality, Johnson just started using the white women's restroom without permission. The film has been criticized for taking a black woman's act of defiance and giving it to a "white savior."


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