Kobe Bryant Wins Oscar for Best Animated Short

Kobe Bryant, Oscar

Kobe Bryant is now an Academy Award Winner.

On Sunday, the former Los Angeles Laker player took home an Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film, alongside animator Glen Keane, who served as director.

Bryant won for the film Dear Basketball, which was based on the letter he wrote for The Player’s Tribune in 2015 announcing his retirement from the NBA.

“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble,” said Bryant, seemingly referring to Laura Ingraham’s comments she made toward LeBron James and Kevin Durant last month. “I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”

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The five-time NBA champion thanked his wife, Vanessa Bryant, and their three daughters.

Check out Bryant’s acceptance speech below.


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