Kobe Bryant's "Dear Basketball" has officially earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film, according to ABS-CBN Sports. Bryant had both his No. 8 and No. 24 retired by the heralded Los Angeles Lakers.
Created and narrated by Bryant himself, the film depicts the future Hall of Famer's journey from a dreaming child to a five-time NBA Champion as he waxes over his love for the game of basketball.
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However the 39-year-old Bryant is already well on his way to making that statement become a reality. Two years after the publication of that article, Bryant teamed up with Believe Entertainment Group to adapt it into a short film. The film is based on the poem written by Bryant to announce his retirement after the 2015-16 season.
The short's music has been composed by five-time Academy Award victor John Williams, who has scored countless Hollywood films including Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park, and the Indiana Jones series. Bryant hired Williams to score the movie, which first screened during the composer's annual summer program of movie music at the Hollywood Bowl, where Bryant made a surprise appearance. It will be competing against "Garden Party", "Negative Space", "Lou", and "Revolting Rhymes" for the 2018 Oscar.
The Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 4 in LA.