Kobe Bryant's Dear Basketball earns Oscar nomination

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 23, 2018

Former basketball player Kobe Bryant arrives on the red carpet for the 2016 ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater.

An 18-time NBA all-star is now also an Oscar nominee: Kobe Bryant is up for an Academy Award in the animated short category for his collaboration with artist Glen Keane and composer John Williams on "Dear Basketball".

So far, that has been far from the truth.

Keane's illustrations follow the arc of Bryant's letter - from little Kobe tossing rolled-up tube socks to his departure as a player at age 37.

When Tim Greiving interviewed Bryant for The Times, the player-turned-film-producer recalled why he first phoned Williams before the 2008 National Basketball Association season.

Bryant released the film at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival in April, which was based around will the poem he wrote to announce his retirement titled, Dear Basketball. It was made public prior to his jersey retirement at Staples Center.

Bryant, Williams, and director Glen Keane will be contending for the "Best Animated Short" category against "Garden Party", "Lou", "Negative Space" and "Revolting Rhymes".

The 90th Academy Awards will be televised on ABC and will air March 4.

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