It was only a few days ago that basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his young daughter Gianna Bryant tragically lost their lives in a helicopter accident that claimed three other people. The news of their deaths shocked the entire world, with fans and celebrities all across the globe coming together to mourn Bryant’s passing and pay tribute to him.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, even the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced that they will pay tribute to Bryant at this year’s Oscar ceremony. The Academy has already expressed their condolences in a post on Instagram, which can be seen below. However, it’s well known that every year during an Oscars ceremony, the Academy does a special ‘In Memoriam’ segment that lists the names of actors, directors and other industry members that have passed away. It’s currently uncertain whether they’re planning on including Bryant in this year’s list of deceased talent, or if something bigger has been planned specifically for him.
While Kobe Bryant is, of course, best remembered for his basketball achievements on the Los Angeles Lakers, he’s also an Oscar winner. Bryant received an Oscar in 2018 for producing the animated short Dear Basketball, which was based on Bryant’s life. In honor of Bryant. Dear Basketball was briefly available for free viewing, but might have been removed recently.