Melbourne High grad up for Oscar for 'Hidden Figures'

On Feb. 26, Allison Schroeder could add Oscar winner to her list of accomplishments — her film "Hidden Figures" was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Schroeder, a 1997 Melbourne High graduate, co-wrote the screenplay with director Ted Melfi, her co-nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay, News 6 partner Florida Today reports. 

The nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday.

In addition to graduating from Melbourne High, Schroeder attended Gemini Elementary and Hoover Middle School. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics and the University of Southern California for her master's degree in film production.


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From left to right: Theodore Melfi, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Mone and musician Pharrell Williams at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 12, 2016.

Schroeder's other writing credits include "Mean Girls 2" and the "90210" reboot on the CW.

"Hidden Figures" tells the story of three African-American women who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into space. The film stars Oscar winners Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner, Taraji P. Henson (Fox's "Empire") and R&B singer Janelle Monae. The film is based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly.

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Spencer was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. She previously won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "The Help."


The Academy Awards, with host Jimmy Kimmel, will air at 7 p.m. EST on ABC.

Schroeder and Melfi have some other nominations in the works:

• They are co-nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay for the British Academy Film Awards. Their competition for the BAFTAs, which will air Feb. 12 on BBC One, includes the screenwriters for "Arrival," "Lion," "Hacksaw Ridge" and "Nocturnal Animals."

• They are co-nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay for the Writers Guild Awards. For the WGAs, Schroeder and Melfi are up against screenwriters for "Arrival," "Deadpool," "Fences" and "Nocturnal Animals." The WGAs will take place Feb. 19 in Beverly Hills with host Patton Oswalt.