Hours after he returned from a thigh injury and scored 33 points in a win in Brooklyn Sunday, Kevin Durant, along with Mike Conley Jr and his agent/manager Rich Kleiman, won an Academy Award in Hollywood as executive producers of “Two Distant Strangers” which won in the Live Action Short category.
The Oscar was accepted by writer-director Travon Free and co-director Martin Roe
The film starred Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ in the lead role..
The 32-year-old Durant already has an MVP, two Finals MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in his trophy case. He joins Kobe Bryant as hoopers turned Oscar winners. Bryant won in 2018 for “Dear Basketball,” an animated short film that was more of a memoir.
Durant’s, on the hand, is about the police and young black men, inspired by Black Lives Matter. Also, the half-hour film was an investment, made through his and Kleiman’s Thirty-Ventures. KD, Conley and Kleiman are listed as an executive producer which is Hollywood usually means someone who had faith in the project and bankrolled it.
Durant spoke about the project with Rachel Nichols of ESPN a couple of weeks back...
Kevin Durant discusses the short film that just won him an Oscar. Congrats to him, Mike Conley and everyone associated with Two Distant Strangers, such a powerful project. pic.twitter.com/4whbreYcbZ— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 26, 2021
The Nets also offered their congratulations and noted that the Nets team viewed the film back in January while they were in Cleveland.
Not a bad six hours.
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