All hail Jeffrey Wright! Good man, zen cat, excellent actor. His American Fiction performance was first-rate. Cord Jefferson’s drama received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Wright. But we all understand that Wright was never in serious contention for that award (not really) and that Jefferson failed to land a Best Director nom. Obviously the film is admired but it hasn’t connected. If you ask me it’s because the excellence of the first 45 minutes isn’t sustained, and because it ends a bit weakly. I’m asking for assessments from the HE community.