I think the story itself is fantastic, but the film itself, while enjoyable, is nothing groundbreaking imo.
I was definitely horrified by the treatment these women received though. It was hard to watch with all the segragated coffee, toilet, "colored" signs bullshit, those are just fucking ridiculous. I'm really glad that this film was made and now more people are familiar with the history behind the space programme, America or foreigner, and how much of assholes white men were (and still are, in many cases). For that I would strongly prefer this film, or any other film about black people's struggles like Fences or Moonlight, to win at the Oscars, even though I prefer La La Land. I'm thinking that that could happen especially after the #oscarsowhite controversy last year and all the Republican shitheads flying around in 2017.
That said the best movie of the award seasons that I've watched thus far is Manchester by the Sea. Simply a masterpiece. If it weren't for his sexual assault scandals I would be 200% behind a Casey Affleck win. He was absolutely magnificent, so hollow and haunting. Michelle Williams was mindblowing as well, even though she only had like 1 big scene.
I really like Arrival as well. It really proved that Meryl Streep could easily snore into an Oscar nom when they nodded her boring tripe over Amy Adams' nuanced, layered, subtle performance in this film. I think it's her amongst her best work, along with Junebug and The Master.