Published: Tue, January 23, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Kobe Bryant Lands Oscar Nomination for 'Dear Basketball'

Kobe Bryant Lands Oscar Nomination for 'Dear Basketball'

The five-time National Basketball Association champion and former league MVP has conquered Larry O'Brien and Maurice Podoloff and now he goes after the Oscar.

Kobe Bryant talks with media before his jersey retirement ceremony on December 18, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Kobe Bryant won everything on the basketball court but now he has been nominated for a famous gold statue for his short animated film "Dear Basketball".

However the 39-year-old Bryant is already well on his way to making that statement become a reality.

In November 2015, Bryant announced his plan to hang up his sneakers by sharing a verse called 'Dear Basketball' via The Players' Tribune.

Bryant did not shy away from the making of this film as he worked Disney's Glen Keane to animate the film, and Academy Award victor John Williams will compose the music.

Bryant had originally reached out to John Williams in 2008: "I asked myself a question", Bryant told the Los Angeles Times. Bryant also narrates the short.

The future Hall of Fame guard seemed genuinely surprised to receive the Academy's honor, and shared his appreciation on Twitter.

While the Oscars may have attempted to rid themselves of controversy by giving Get Out its proper recognition and including women (gasp!) in some of their more prestigious categories, the Academy is still getting flack for one nomination in particular.

The Academy Awards will be announced March 4th.

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