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Oscars: Kobe Bryant Denied An Invite to Join The Academy
Oscars: Kobe Bryant Denied An Invite to Join The Academy

When this year’s list of new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is announced next week, Kobe Bryant – the basketball legend who won the best animated short Oscar in February for his autobiographical film Dear Basketball – will not be on it.

Bryant – who wrote, executive produced and lent his voice to Dear Basketball, which animator Glen Keane directed – was recommended for membership by the executive committee of the Academy’s short films and feature animation branch, but his name was removed after the list was reviewed by a second committee, the general membership committee, which is composed of one governor from each branch.

The general membership committee apparently felt that Bryant does not yet possess a substantial enough body of work to merit an invitation, since Dear Basketball was his first filmmaking venture.

Still, some will inevitably wonder if, in the #MeToo era, Bryant’s past legal troubles deterred the organization from bringing him into its fold.

Fifteen years ago, Bryant was accused of sexual assault, but the case was dropped after his accuser refused to testify.

The accuser later filed a separate civil suit, which Bryant settled with an apology but without an admission of guilt.

Bryant, through his company Kobe., Inc., is already at work on his next film projects, so an invitation to join Hollywood’s most elite club still could conceivably come his way in the future.

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Kobe Bryant Denied an Invite to Join Film Academy

Kobe Bryant Denied an Invite to Join Film Academy

When this year’s list of new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is announced next week, Kobe Bryant – the basketball legend who won the best animated short Oscar in February for his autobiographical film Dear Basketball – will not be on it.

Bryant – who wrote, exec produced and lent his voice to Dear Basketball, which animator Glen Keane directed – was recommended for membership by the executive committee of the Academy’s short films and feature animation branch, but his name was removed after the list was reviewed by a second committee, which will present the list of potential new members to the full board of governors, which meets on Saturday.

That committee apparently felt that Bryant does not yet possess a substantial enough body of work to merit an invitation, since Dear Basketball was his first filmmaking venture.

Still, some will inevitably wonder if, in the #MeToo era, Bryant’s past legal troubles deterred the organization from bringing him into its fold.

Fifteen years ago, Bryant was accused of sexual assault, but the case was dropped after his accuser refused to testify.

The accuser later filed a separate civil suit, which Bryant settled with an apology but without an admission of guilt.

Bryant, through his company Kobe., Inc., is already at work on his next film projects, so an invitation to join Hollywood’s most elite club still could conceivably come his way in the future.

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Oscar winner and retired NBA star Kobe Bryant denied entry into Film Academy

Oscar winner and retired NBA star Kobe Bryant denied entry into Film Academy

Recent Oscar winner and former NBA star has had his invite to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revoked – despite winning an Oscar for his animated short film Dear Basketball.

Despite being recommended for entry by the executive committee of the Academy’s Short Film and Feature Animation branch, his name was removed after a second committee – the Governors Committee of the Academy – reviewed a list of potential new members.

The board apparently felt that Bryant needed “Some evidence of a larger career” to merit membership because Dear Basketball was his first filmmaking project, reports Cartoon Brew.

The Short Film and Feature Animation branch will not appeal the Academy’s decision to admit Bryant.

While new filmmakers are considered for membership, not all who are early in their careers are granted entry to the Academy.

In 2003, Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman, but the case was dismissed one year later when the accuser wouldn’t testify.

A civil suit was later filed by the accuser, and Bryant settled the case outside of court.

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