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Kobe Bryant's animated short 'Dear Basketball' nominated for Oscar

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Shannon Reynolds | 23 January, 2018, 19:06

When Kobe Bryant made a decision to retire from the sport of basketball following the 2015-16 season, the Lakers legend said he wanted to make "these next 20 years... better than the previous 20". Over a year after retirement, Bryant has spent his time on new ventures, primarily in the business of creating a media empire.

The six-minute film is based on a letter Bryant wrote in The Players' Tribune in 2015, in which he announced his retirement from basketball. First, Bryant had both his No. 8 and No. 24 retired by the Lakers in an extraordinary ceremony at the Staples Center last month.

Basketball superstar Kobe Byrant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA team, and victor of five NBA championships during his 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant was nominated in the category of best animated short for his collaboration with Glen Keane and composer John Williams on the film Dear Basketball.

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Bryant introduced the short at the Hollywood Bowl in September, narrating it in front of a live orchestra conducted by Williams.

The future Hall of Fame guard seemed genuinely surprised to receive the Academy's honor, and shared his appreciation on Twitter. It was released in April 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Kobe will find out if he's adding another piece of hardware to his collection on March 5th at the Academy Awards, airing on ABC.

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