PEOPLE: Former NASA mathematician gets her Oscars moment; George Clooney uses a bully pulpit
Former NASA mathematician gets her Oscars moment
She said only “thank you,” but it was one of the more moving moments of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony.
Katherine Johnson, 98, the former NASA mathematician played by Taraji P. Henson in the movie “Hidden Figures,” was brought on stage to thunderous applause. She was introduced by Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, who all star in the film as female black mathematicians who helped put NASA ahead in the space race against the Soviet Union.
The 98-year-old Johnson wore a blue dress and was brought out in a wheelchair during Sunday’s ceremony.
Clooney warns about hate in age of Trump
George Clooney used the stage at the 42nd Cesar awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, to criticize U.S. President Donald Trump, without directly calling him out by name.
Receiving an honorary Cesar on Friday, Clooney said that “citizens of the world” must work “harder and harder not to let hate win.”
He said that “the actions of this president have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies and given considerable comfort to our enemies.”
The fault, he said, “is not really his” because fear was already present. “He merely exploited it, and rather successfully.”
Playwright who inspired ‘Moonlight’ wins PEN award
The playwright who inspired the Oscar-winning movie “Moonlight” has won a prize from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization.
Tarell Alvin McCraney received an award for best mid-career playwright. McCraney’s “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” is the basis for the acclaimed movie drama, which won three Academy Awards Sunday night including best film and best adapted screenplay.
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