The musician gives star turns in both Hidden Figures and Moonlight. - From Vulture
As real-life mathematician Mary Jackson, Monáe carries both the weight of the film’s social-justice message (in one great, key sequence, she goes to court to fight her way into an all-white continuing education night class) and her chemistry with Henson and Spencer is integral to the film's spotlight on professional camaraderie among black women, a rare thing in an awards-contending movie.
Taking nothing away from the pioneering work of actresses like Hattie McDaniel, Halle Berry, Monique, Octavia Spencer, and Lupita Nyong’o — who won their Oscars playing a slave, the wife of a death-row inmate, an abusive mother, a maid, and a slave, respectively — Monáe’s Norma Rae–esque work in Hidden Figures feels historic, especially considering that it's only her second feature-film role, after Moonlight, also playing in theaters now.
As Teresa, the girlfriend of Ali's kindhearted drug dealer, Monáe subtly destroys the tropes of the gangster's wife.
And the Academy has never seen this many black female performers vying for voter attention in the same year.
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