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Based on a true story, Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe as mathematician’s Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn—three women who helped NASA compete in the Space Race of the 1960s. While the film is still in its final stages of completion before its December release, a number of clips premiered to critical praise this past weekend at TIFF.
In addition to the film’s stars, also in attendance at the festival was the film’s soundtrack writer, Pharrell.
The musical mastermind, who also acts as a producer for the film, gave fans who had been waiting outside all day a mini-concert, performing new, original songs written for the Hidden Figures soundtrack. Performing with Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway, Pharrell’s new tracks are the perfect blend of inspiring and upbeat for a film about three women changing the course of history.
The Hidden Figures cast and Pharrell were all over TIFF coverage this past weekend, walking red carpets and speaking about the historical film. One of our favourite moments came during an interview with actor Taraji P. Henson, who spoke about the importance of women working together.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 12, 2016
With the film already generating Oscar buzz, the Academy’s attention will likely also be on Pharrell’s soundtrack. Should the musician receive a nomination for his original score, it will be his second, receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song in 2014 for “Happy.”