NBA stars Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz were among the executive producers of “Two Distant Strangers,” which was awarded the Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action) during the ceremony. of the Academy Awards on Sunday night.
According to IMDb, Durant and Conley were two of 10 executive producers on the film, which dramatizes police brutality as an inescapable time loop as a tragic “Groundhog Day” for African Americans.
The film was directed by nominees Martin Desmond Roe and Travon Free, a former college basketball player at Long Beach State.
“Big! Congratulations @TwoDistantFilm,” Durant tweeted after Free and Roe accepted the Oscar.
Big time!! Congrats @TwoDistantFilm https://t.co/r3I3ubJPlT
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 26, 2021
In 2018, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and Disney animator Glen Keane took home the Academy Award for their animated short film “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem Bryant wrote in 2015 announcing their impending basketball retirement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.