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Kobe Bryant's animated short film nominated for Academy Award

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Kobe Bryant's trophy case may be getting a huge addition this March.

The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar has been nominated for an Academy Award for his short film, "Dear Basketball," which was inspired by his retirement poem in the Players' Tribune.

Bryant published the poem in November of 2015, and the animated video, which Bryant narrates, went viral shortly after that. The film is one of five nominated in the animated short category.

Bryant was in shock when he learned of the nomination, and took to social media to express his disbelief.

"What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination, "Bryant tweeted. "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."

Here's the video that is creating so much buzz:

Bryant is no stranger to heartfelt speeches, as he most recently left everyone in awe during his double jersey retirement ceremony in Los Angeles in December. The franchise immortalized his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys by raising them to the rafters at Staples Center, and he left many Lakers fans in tears with his insightful and kind words. Kobe and his family made a grand entrance that night, arriving to the arena in a helicopter. Storming the Red Carpet will surely be a breeze for Bryant and his production crew, as he's no stranger to the spotlight.

A lock for the Hall of Fame, Bryant is the Lakers' all-time leading scorer, and his five NBA titles are tied for the most in franchise history. The shooting guard is an 18-time NBA All-Star and was named NBA Finals MVP twice. The Black Mamba also earned two Olympic gold medals while playing for USA Basketball at the 2008 and 2012 Games.

Other nominees in the 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, also known as The Oscars, will commence the evening of Sunday, March 4, in Hollywood, California.

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