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Amazon MGM Studios wins big at the Oscars with ‘American Fiction’

Life is healthier than fiction for Twine Jefferson.

The American Fiction screenwriter and director nabbed an Oscar Sunday night time for Finest Tailored Screenplay. The critically lauded movie from Amazon MGM Studios, starring Jeffrey Wright, Sterling Ok. Brown, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Erika Alexander, bested fellow nominees Oppenheimer, Barbie, Poor Issues, and The Zone of Curiosity within the class.

An image of Cord Jefferson standing on a city sidewalk looking into a camera on the set for American Fiction

American Fiction Screenwriter, Twine Jefferson

Wright and Brown have been nominated for Finest Actor and Finest Supporting Actor respectively. American Fiction additionally acquired a Finest Image nomination, making Jefferson the one particular person of coloration to be nominated in two separate classes at this 12 months’s Academy Awards. The movie and composer Laura Karpman have been nominated for Finest Authentic Rating, as effectively.

Actor Jeffrey Wright taking part in Thelonious ‘Monk’ Ellison in a scene from American Fiction.

Actor Sterling Ok. Brown taking part in Clifford Ellison in a scene from American Fiction.

Jefferson thanked the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences and stated the win “means the world to me” in his speech. He additionally implored the trade to take probabilities on extra small-budget movies and newcomers like himself.

“Thanks all who labored on this film, for trusting a 40-year-old Black man, who by no means directed something earlier than,” Jefferson stated. “It has modified my life. I like you all. Thanks a lot.”

What’s American Fiction about?

Based mostly on Percival Everett’s 2001 novel Erasure, American Fiction follows the skilled conundrums of an erudite writer named Thelonious “Monk” Ellison. Monk, who’s an English literature professor, grows more and more pissed off when publishing homes cease shopping for his intellectual books in favor of stereotypically Black fare from different authors.

In retaliation, Monk assumes a pseudonym and writes a trope-riddled guide about Black life within the ghetto however is horrified when publishers clamor to purchase the guide and it turns into an enormous hit. The monetary success of his parody offers the cash Monk desperately must deal with his ailing mom (performed superbly by Leslie Uggams) and solely makes issues worse with regards to his skilled aspirations. In the meantime, Monk’s household suffers an enormous loss all whereas Monk tries to get pleasure from a brand new romance and deal with sibling rivalry.

American Fiction has been a runaway hit this award season, successful a BAFTA Movie Award, a Critics Selection Award, two Movie Impartial Spirit Awards, and 4 AAFCA Awards.

How can I watch American Fiction?

American Fiction is accessible to stream now on Prime Video and MGM+.

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