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Oscars 2020 Will Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant While “Dear Basketball" Short Film Is Removed Online

January 28, 2020


The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony will pay a special tribute to the late Kobe Bryant on Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.


Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant after Oscar win in 2018. The 2020 Oscars will pay tribute to Bryant for his short film "Dear Baskeball" photo: Instagram

Bryant won an Oscar for his short film, Dear Basketball, in 2018 with Glen Keane. Kobe Bryant’s studio, Granity Studio, released his Oscar-winning short, “Dear Basketball” in full to watch for free following his death on Sunday until the video was taken down on Tuesday (Jan 28) from online sites, dearbasketball.com and Vimeo.


The Academy Award-winning film is based on a poem Bryant wrote in late 2015 to announce his retirement from basketball. The five-minute-and-22-second short is narrated by 41-year-old Bryant with Glen Keane as the director and animator. Oscar-winning composer John Williams performed the musical scoring for the film.


Watch video of Kobe Bryant's Oscar win:

The Academy paid tribute to Bryant with an Instagram post and this caption:


“They doubted a kid could make it in the NBA and he proved them wrong. They doubted he could win a championship and he proved them wrong. They doubted he could make movies and he won an Oscar,” the account wrote. “Like all great artists, Kobe Bryant proved the doubters wrong. Rest in peace.”

Storytelling through animation was just one of many post retirement projects that Bryant worked on before his untimely passing.


Trailer for Dear Basketball: