Kevin Durant, Mike Conley win Oscar for ‘Two Distant Strangers,’ Academy Award-winner for best live-action short

Kevin Durant and Mike Conley can add Oscar winners to their professional résumés. 

The Brooklyn Nets forward and Utah Jazz guard served as executive producers for "Two Distant Strangers," which won the Academy Award on Sunday night for best live-action short.

The film written by Travon Free, who also co-directed with Martin Desmond Roe, tells the story of a Black man, played by rapper and actor Joey Bada$$, who gets stuck in a time loop re-living a deadly run-in with a police officer. "Two Distant Strangers" is currently available to stream on Netflix.

Durant and Conley were among the numerous executive producers who worked on the film with producer Lawrence Bender, who has three previous Oscar nominations for best picture: "Pulp Fiction" in 1995, "Good Will Hunting" in 1998 and "Inglourious Basterds" in 2010.

Watch the trailer for "Two Distant Strangers" here:

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Durant, who came off the bench Sunday afternoon after missing the three previous games because of a left thigh injury, scored 33 points in a 128-119 win over the Phoenix Suns. Hours later he celebrated his Oscar win.

Big time!! Congrats @TwoDistantFilmhttps://t.co/r3I3ubJPlT

The Jazz, who hold the best record in the NBA and were off Sunday night, tweeted congratulations to Conley.

"Guys in the locker room were giving me grief about it the other day, just like, 'You might win an Oscar before you win a championship' " Conley said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles before the Oscars. "I was like, hey if I could win both, that'd be great, but obviously an Oscar was not something I thought I'd ever be a part of."

Congratulations Mike!#Oscarspic.twitter.com/QQ5SqTr7ch

Durant and Conley are not the first NBA players to win an Academy Award.

In 2018, Kobe Bryant became the first professional athlete to win an Oscar when "Dear Basketball" took home the best Animated Short award in 2018. The six-minute film was based on a poem Bryant wrote that was published in The Players Tribune in 2015, when he announced his retirement from the NBA. 

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