Two NBA stars simply turned Academy Award winners. On Sunday night time, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and Mike Conley of the Utah Jazz earned an Oscar as they served as government producers for the live-action brief movie Two Distant Strangers. Durant and Conley labored with producer Lawrence Bender, who was nominated 3 times earlier than profitable on Sunday.
“Guys within the locker room had been giving me grief about it the opposite day, similar to, ‘You would possibly win an Oscar earlier than you win a championship’ ” Conley stated in an interview with CBS Los Angeles earlier than the Oscars. “I used to be like, hey if I may win each, that’d be nice, however clearly an Oscar was not one thing I assumed I might ever be part of.”
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 26, 2021
Two Distant Strangers is directed by Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe and tells the story of a “Black man, performed by rapper and actor Joey Bada$$, who will get caught in a time loop re-living a lethal run-in with a police officer,” as talked about by USA Today. “Throughout his acceptance speech, Free talked about stopping police violence.”
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) April 26, 2021
“Immediately the police will kill three folks,” Free stated as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “And tomorrow the police will kill three folks. And the day after that, the police will kill three folks as a result of on common the police in America day by day kill three folks, which quantities to a couple of thousand folks a yr. And people folks occur to disproportionately be Black folks.”
Durant and Conley aren’t the primary NBA stars to win an Oscar. Late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant took home an Academy Award for his work on the animated brief movie, Pricey Basketball. After profitable, Bryant said: “I do not know if it is attainable. “I imply, as basketball gamers, we’re actually purported to shut up and dribble. However I’m glad we perform a little bit greater than that.”
Durant and Conley are completely satisfied about profitable an Oscar, however they want to get extra gold this summer season. Durant and the Nets are at the moment in first place within the Jap Convention and take a look at as favorites to win the NBA Finals. Conley has helped the Jazz clinch a playoff spot as they’re the highest group within the Western Convention.