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Kobe Bryant was not the only former athlete garnering recognition at this year's awards.
Five-time National Basketball Association champion, Los Angeles Lakers legend, and now, Oscar nominee.
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Disney animator Glen Keane directed the film and renowned composer John Williams conducted the score. Keane illustrated the sketches in the film, which showed images of Bryant from his childhood through the end of his National Basketball Association career.
The film is an animated love-letter from Bryant to the game to which he gave his all.
"What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination", Bryant posted on Twitter in response to the nomination. The level of shade Bryant could cast towards O'Neal due to this nomination would have been enough to block out the sun. Chalk up another win for Bryant in this one.
Other nominees in animated short category are Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon for "Garden Party", Dave Mullins and Dana Murray for "Lou", Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata for "Negative Space", and Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer for "Revolting Rhymes".
The Academy Awards will be announced on Sunday, March 4 on ABC.