Jeffrey Wright receives his first Oscar nomination for lead performance in "American Fiction.
"American Fiction" also nominated for best picture, adapted screenplay, supporting actor, and original score.
The film won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Jeffrey Wright previously won a Tony and an Emmy for his roles in "Angels in America.
The movie is a nimble satire about a professor, Monk Ellison, dealing with family challenges and a literary parody gone awry.
Wright felt a personal connection to Monk's story due to experiences with his own family.
The film explores themes of love, grief, and frustration, resonating with audiences.
Monk faces challenges of being told his work is not "Black enough," echoing Wright's own experiences.
The past year's actor strike allowed Wright time for self-reflection and rejuvenation.