By Ryan Bort
In The Imitation Game, which earlier this month was nominated for six Academy Awards, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the unheralded British mathematics genius who cracked Germany's elaborate system of code during World War II. Thanks to Cumberbatch and director Morten Tyldum, who were both nominated for Oscars, we are now "aware" of Turing and how he used computers to help the Allies win the war.
Community's Gillian Jacobs wants us to be aware of another technological pioneer, one who is far less renowned than Turing but whose contributions to modern computing are so essential that it's hard to even fathom where we'd be without them. In "The Queen of Code," the latest in FIveThirtyEight's "Signals" short film series, Jacobs makes her directorial debut to turn the spotlight on Grace Hopper, who practically invented computer programming despite the mountain she had to climb as a woman working in a nascent field that was, and continues to be, dominated by men.
In addition to educating us on the inspirational life of Hopper—who truly was a unique spirit; she was serving active duty in the U.S. Navy at the age of 76—the film is a reminder that Gillian Jacobs is totally freaking awesome. Watch it below, via FiveThirtyEight.