Kobe Bryant has been denied an invite to join Film Academy

Retired basketball All-Star and Oscar winner Kobe Bryant has been barred entry into Film Academy.

Brittany King

Retired NBA icon Kobe Bryant may have an Oscar for his animated short film Dear Basketball, but he will not be granted entry into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Dear Basketball, which animator Glen Keane directed, saw Bryant in many forms. He wrote, exec produced and lent his voice to the project, and was recommended for membership by the executive committee of the Academy's short films and feature animation branch, according to multiple reports.

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Now, the basketball legend's name has been removed from the list after having been reviewed by a second committee. That same committee will present the list of potential new members to the full board of governors, which meets on Saturday.


It appears that the board apparently felt that Bryant needed "some evidence of a larger career" to merit membership because Dear Basketball was his first filmmaking project, according to Cartoon Brew. 


Though, it's not unusual for filmmakers who receive an Oscar nomination or win for a project early in a career to be denied membership.