A five-time NBA champion and Olympic gold medalists, Kobe Bryant has been nominated for an Oscar award for his famous gold statue in his short animated film ‘Dear Basketball’.
The six-minute film, animated by former Disney animator Glen Keane, is based on a poem Bryant wrote in The Players’ Tribune in 2015 as he announced his intention to retire from basketball.
‘Dear Basketball,’ the five-minute film he worked on with artist Glen Keane, who animated characters for Disney movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast,” and Oscar-winning composer John Williams, was among the five nominees for best animated short film.
“It was emotional when I first wrote it,” Bryant told The Times about a month before the nominations were announced Tuesday. “When I sat down and thought about what I wanted to say, and then once I wrote it and stepped away from it and read it. I’d spoken to the game before. The game has done so much for me and my family. It’s taught me so much and I’ve never actually gotten a chance to thank it.”
Bryant wrote the poem in 2015 when he announced his retirement from basketball. He spent all 20 years of his career with the Lakers and was an 18-time All-Star.
The short’s music has been composed by five-time Academy Award winner John Williams, who has scored countless Hollywood films including Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park, and the Indiana Jones series.
Bryant, 39, played his final game in April 2016 after a 20-year career with the Lakers and the team retired both his number eight and 24 jerseys in December 2017.
“This is beyond the realm of imagination,” Bryant tweeted after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced his nomination on Tuesday.
“It means so much that the The Academy deemed Dear Basketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of Glen Keane and John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honour to be on this team.”
The Oscars ceremony will be held on 4 March at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.