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Octavia Spencer will discuss "Hidden Figures" today on "Ellen"

Octavia Spencer will discuss the Atlanta-filmed movie "Hidden Figures" and other topics during a visit to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

"Congratulations, I think the movie was No. 1 last weekend," Ellen began, saluting the movie's box-office triumph.

"Yessss!!" Octavia rejoiced.

The movie is based on the nonfiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American women integral to NASA's early missions.

"We love being No. 1 at the box office, but the most rewarding thing is we got to see it with Mary Jackson's family, with Dorothy Vaughan's family and with Katherine Johnson and her family. They all loved the portrayal of their family members. It was the most rewarding thing about this whole process."

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Octavia was Golden Globe nominated for her role as Vaughan; Viola Davis, her co-star in "The Help," won for her role in "Fences." Octavia sounded happy for her friend and reveals the hilarious pre-awards show prep she and Viola enjoyed.

Here's a preview clip:

"Ellen" airs locally on WXIA.

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