Kobe Bryant is a future hall of fame basketball player. And now he has entered the world of film as an award winner.
Kobe Bryant never envisioned he would win an Oscar after his basketball career ended a couple of seasons ago. But he did just that.
At the 90th annual Academy Awards Show, Kobe Bryant took home his first Oscar Award. The award for Best Short Film Animated was awarded to Bryant’s film titled “Dear Basketball.”
“Dear Basketball” was written by Bryant in 2015 as he decided to announce his soon to be retirement from NBA. Kobe Bryant narrates the film, based on his same titled poem, as he speaks about his love for the game and what brought him to play basketball.
Disney animator Glen Keane shared the award with Kobe Bryant on stage.
Bryant clearly was a bit shocked as he accepted the award but delivered a powerful message in his acceptance speech. A message that athletes have voices beyond sports.
“I don’t know if it’s possible,” Bryant stated. “I mean, as basketball players, we are really supposed to shut up and dribble but I am glad we do a little bit more than that.”
The message was a direct shot at Fox News host Laura Ingraham who recently commented on NBA superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant to “shut up and dribble” as James criticized President Donald Trump.
Afterwards, he thanked his family who was in attendance and spoke a few words of Italian to them telling them, “You are my inspiration.”
On Nov. 29, 2015, Kobe Bryant announced that he would be ending his career after the season. For that day’s Laker’s game, a copy of the poem was distributed to every fan at Staples Center.
Two years later, Bryant’s film was presented to the arena before his iconic jersey’s of #24 and #8 were retired by the Laker’s on December 18, 2017.
Kobe Bryant was a five-time champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and now is a one-time Golden Award winner.
Cheers to Kobe.
On and off the court.