Oscar Nominations: Kobe Bryant’s ‘Dear Basketball’ Vies For Academy Award


Kobe Bryant keeps on scoring in his post-basketball life.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated the Los Angeles Lakers legend for an Academy Award in 2018. Bryant’s film, “Dear Basketball,” is in the running for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short category.

Bryant, who retired from the NBA after the 2015-16 season, wrote and narrated the six-minute film, which adapts the poem of the same name he wrote for the Players’ Tribune in 2015. Here’s a look at the film, which aired at Staples Center during his jersey retirement ceremony in December:

Bryant has dedicated himself to learning the art of storytelling in his new chapter in life and apparently is pretty good at it.

He’ll learn his Oscars fate March 4 at the Academy Awards. ABC will broadcast the ceremony.

Thumbnail photo via Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports Images

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