Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for his animated short 'Dear Basketball'

  • Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for his animated short 'Dear Basketball'

Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for his animated short 'Dear Basketball'

Former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant just added a new trophy to his trophy case, an Oscar.

Kobe Bryant with Best Animated Short Film Award for "Dear Basketball".

Bryant was the executive producer of the six-minute short, which was based on the poem the former National Basketball Association star wrote for The Players' Tribune in 2015 announcing his retirement.

Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane accept Best Animated Short Film for "Dear Basketball" onstage during the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. The 39-year-old is the first National Basketball Association player in history to win an Academy Award.

As executive producer of the six-minute film, Bryant accepted his golden Oscar statue from "Star Wars" star Mark Hamill on Sunday night.

Mr. Bryant deliberately chose an artist who didn't know basketball: "Someone who's been watching basketball their whole lives - and playing it - tends to miss the small moves, the details". However, the award stands in stark contrast to the #MeToo movement's emphasis on zero tolerance, given that Bryant was once accused of sexual assault. The 39-year-old retired star played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers before his retirement. "I'm glad we do a little bit more than that", said the 18-time All-Star.

Bryant attended the Oscars with his wife Vanessa.

"Bryant, who was married at the time, admitted publicly that he had had relations with the teen, but alleged all encounters were entirely consensual".