Poll: Oscars Face-Off: Athletic Oscar-Winning Filmmakers
NBA forward LeBron James' SpringHill Entertainment is one example. Until recently, LeBron has focused on producing television series and award-winning documentaries. Film productions, such as Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) and Hustle (2022), as well as, a House Party (2022) and a Friday the 13th (????) remake send a clear message that LeBron plans to up his game.
So far, only two former athletes have reached the pinnacle of the entertainment industry by winning Oscar gold. Former NBA shooting guard Kobe Bryant won the Best Animated Short Film Oscar for his film, Dear Basketball (2017) in 2018. While, former NFL receiver Matthew A. Cherry won the Best Animated Short Film for his film, Hair Love (2019) in 2020.
Which of these former professional athletes transition into filmmaking and a resulting Oscar win do you find to be the more impressive transformation?