Taraji P. Henson gives a breathtaking performance as real-life math whiz Katherine G. Johnson in this inspiring historical film about NASA. It follows the incredible scientific contributions of African-American women during The Space Race in the 1960s. Johnson was responsible for figuring out the complicated math that helped with key missions. The story also features Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn, in a role which earned her an Oscar nomination, a supervisor who basically figured out the first computers. Janelle Monae plays Mary Jackson, NASA’s first black female engineer. It’s a great movie to watch with the whole family, including young daughters. Destined to become a classic, it’s a feel-good movie that showcases the amazing accomplishments of black female scientists in the midst of the civil rights era.
Natalie Portman earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her stirring performance as a fearless First Lady moving through personal, and national, tragedy. This is the story of Jackie Kennedy’s impressive strength as she endures the aftermath of her husband’s assassination. Jackie became a fashion icon, but her natural courage and resolve showed the country what grace under pressure looks like in action—especially during unimaginable grief. Jackie is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Here are surprising facts you didn’t know about America’s First Ladies.