Kobe Bryant Wins Oscar Award For His Animated Short Film 'Dear Basketball'

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After his success for "Dear Basketball", there may be more awards to come in the future for the NBA great.

The baller won for producing the Best Animated Short Film Dear Basketball and while he and his co-producer Glen Keane were in the Oscars press room following the win. He applauded players still in the game for making drastic steps in upping the sport.

An hour later, Bryant elaborated backstage and said, "I think for us, not just as athletes, but as people in general, we have the ability to what it is that we believe in".

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant won five National Basketball Association championships through the course of 20-year career in the National Basketball Association.

Bryant, who played 20 seasons, has started his own production company in retirement, "Kobe Studios".

Bryant's retort was a reference to a controversial statement from Fox News journalist Laura Ingraham who in February sought to chastise Cleveland Cavaliers baller LeBron James for his political commentary.

"When I had the idea of starting a studio...the first person I called was Oprah", he said. And so, to be here right now and to have a sense of validation is ... "Thank you, John Williams, for a wonderful piece of music", said Bryant.

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A basketball superstar has added an Academy Award to his collection.

Jaylen Brown, who has often voiced his opinion on social issues, credited Bryant for more than just the award.

Watching the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony Sunday, you may have been surprised to see Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant on stage accepting an award.

We have to say it again: Kobe Bryant is an Oscar victor. At the time, Bryant was accused of sexually assaulting a then-19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado. Bryant would be arrested and brought up on felony charges attached to the case that was later dropped after his accuser refused to testify in court.

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