Oscars

Film director Matthew Cherry: From the gridiron to Hollywood

The Undefeated’s Kelley Carter speaks to the director about Kobe Bryant, the Academy Awards and his journey to Hollywood

After a brief speech and a standing ovation from the audience, former NFL player and film director Matthew Cherry walked away with an Oscar Sunday for best animated short film for Hair Love. It’s the same award basketball great Kobe Bryant won in 2018. On the eve of the 2020 Oscars, The Undefeated’s Kelley Carter sat down with Cherry to discuss his journey from the gridiron to Hollywood.