Kobe Bryant wins his first-ever Oscar for 'Dear Basketball'

Created with animator Glen Keane, the short animated film is based on the retirement poem he wrote for Players Tribune shortly after his last game.

Kahron Spearman

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant won an Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards, in the animated short film category Sunday, as the executive producer of Dear Basketball, a project based on his retirement poem that was published in Players Tribune

The film artistically runs through Bryant's life and famed career, from when he was a youngster, onward into his long and storied run with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant made sure to take his shot at Laura Ingraham's comments - aimed first at LeBron James - that basketball players should "shut up and dribble."

As basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble.

Bryant was nominated alongside animator Glen Keane, known for his work on some of what's now Disney canon, such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

However, some saw Bryant's Oscar win as inconsistent with the ongoing message of the #metoo movement aimed at stamping out harassment and assault against women. 

In 2003, Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old Colorado woman and was subsequently charged with sexual assault. The case was dismissed when the woman declined to testify. Bryant put out an apology letter, admitting to giving the woman bruises while insisting the encounter was consensual.


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