Kobe Bryant just made history as the first-ever NBA/former NBA player to receive an Academy Award nomination.
The legend just picked up his first Oscar nod in the category for Best Animated Short for his collaboration with Glen Keane and composer John Williams on Dear Basketball.
With the nomination, Bryant also became the first Black man to receive a nod in the Short Film category.
Following Tuesday morning’s announcements, Kobe tweeted the big honor, suggesting that this is “beyond the realm of imagination.”
What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of @GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honor to be on this team. #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/M2joyk9D1V
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 23, 2018
In 2015, the father of three announced his retirement with a special short film and poem. “My heart can take the pounding/My mind can handle the grind/But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye./And that’s OK./I’m ready to let you go,” he says.
After a successful 20 year career and picking up five NBA championships, the baller suited up for his final game in 2016. The Los Angeles Lakers officially retired both of the athlete’s jerseys in December.