"Dear Basketball," a short film by retired Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant and veteran Disney animator Glen Keane, has been nominated for an Academy Award.
The film was one of five nominated in the animated short category on Tuesday.
Bryant tweeted that he was honored the film was nominated.
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
"Dear Basketball" was inspired by a retirement poem Bryant wrote that appeared in The Players' Tribune. Bryant narrates the film.
The Academy Awards will be announced on Sunday, March 4 on ABC.