Kobe Bryant Has Been Nominated For An Academy Award

By on January 25, 2018 in ArticlesSports News

Kobe Bryant is one of the most accomplished NBA players of all time. With accolades on his resume such as 5-Time NBA Champion, 18-Time All-Star, and 11-Time All-NBA First Team, among others, there isn't much the Lakers legend hasn't accomplished. But now, he can add yet another accolade to the list.

Nominations for the Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning, and Kobe Bryant's short film, 'Dear Basketball,' was chosen as one of the nominees for "Best Animated Short Film." The film is an animated version of the letter Kobe wrote for 'The Players' Tribune' back in 2015 to announce he was retiring from basketball.

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In response to receiving an Oscar nomination, Kobe tweeted: "What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of @GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It's an honor to be on this team. #OscarNoms"

'Dear Basketball' was narrated by Kobe and animated by Glen Keane, who animated classics such as 'The Little Mermaid,' 'Beauty and the Beast,' and 'Aladdin.' The film is also scored by 5-Time Oscar winner John Williams, who composed the scores of 'Star Wars,' 'Jurassic Park,' 'Jaws,' and other legendary movies.

The film is one of 5 films nominated for the "Best Animated Short Flim" award. The Academy Awards will be announced on Sunday, March 4.

Articles Written by Marvin Jules
Marvin Jules is a freelancer with a passion for music and sports He is a graduate of Rutgers University with degrees is Communication and Human Resource Management. In addition to writing, he also runs an online store where he curates and sells vintage clothing and accessories. You can follow him on Instagram here (IG: 9to5thrift)
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