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Since its release late last year, Hidden Figures has captured audiences and critics with its award-winning performances and ultra-inspiring plot.
The film, which is up for a Best Picture Oscar, tells the story of three African-American mathematicians working at Nasa — Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan — whose research helps John Glenn become the first American astronaut to orbit Earth.
In honor of Hidden Figures‘ many accolades this awards season, we rounded up a bevy of fun facts and set secrets to hold you over until the Academy Awards this Sunday night.
1. While the three leading roles ultimately went to Octavia Spencer, »
- Grace Gavilanes
Hall of Famer Magic Johnson has been named the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations in an overhaul of the struggling team’s front office.
The team announced on Tuesday that general manager Mitch Kupchak has been fired and that Jim Buss will no longer serve as executive VP of basketball operations. Buss is the son of the late former Lakers owner Jerry Buss and brother of Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss.
The team is currently 19-39 and in 14th place (out of 15 teams) in the NBA’s Western Conference.
Johnson was hired earlier this month as an adviser to the Lakers and subsequently said he would like to “call the shots” for the team. The announcement did not specify whether Johnson will handle day-to-day operations.
“It’s a dream come true to return to the Lakers as president of basketball operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family,” Johnson »
- Dave McNary
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