THE OSCAR PROJECT
The Oscar Project
A quest to watch every Oscar nominated film
On April 13th, 2016, Kobe Bryant played his last professional basketball game, scoring 60 points to cap off a career that spanned 20 years and included five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, 18 All-Star appearances, and two Olympic gold medals.
On March 4th, 2018, Bryant added the title of Oscar Winner to his lengthy resume when the short film "Dear Basketball" won for Best Animated Short Film.
On January 26th, 2020, Bryant and his daughter Gianna (13) were killed in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California. The accident also killed Gianna's peer Alyssa Altobelli and her parents, John and Keri, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.
While no words can speak to the loss that will be felt by all of these families in the wake of this tragedy, it only felt right to present Kobe's film here one more time.
When I first heard of this film, I was researching potential short listed nominees for a few categories in late 2017, around Christmas. I was instantly impressed and hoped it would receive a nomination.
You might think there wouldn't be much to say about a film that's less than five minutes long, but there are definitely some layers to pull back in this one. As I mentioned in the first post, I'm doing write-ups for each of the films nominated this year and "Dear Basketball" is the first one I completed, so please enjoy.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?