Percival Everett in his office
American Fiction — based on Percival Everett’s 2001 novel Erasure, is considered by many to be the front-runner in the adapted screenplay category. (Photo/John Davis, Windham-Campbell Prizes)

Distinguished Professor Percival Everett is ready for Hollywood’s big night

He’ll be on hand at the Oscars: American Fiction, based on his 2001 novel Erasure, is up for five awards.
ByGreg Hernandez

USC Distinguished Professor of English and acclaimed author Percival Everett doesn’t have too much to say about the prospect of attending the Academy Awards for the first time on Sunday, except to confirm: “I’m going.”

Everett isn’t a nominee himself; he’s the author of the 2001 novel Erasure, which was the basis for the five-time Oscar-nominated film American Fiction. Written and directed by Cord Jefferson, the film is nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Jeffrey Wright), Best Supporting Actor (Sterling K. Brown) and Best Original Score (Laura Karpman).

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