Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Kobe Bryant Wins First Oscar For Short Film 'Dear Basketball'

Kobe Bryant Wins First Oscar For Short Film 'Dear Basketball'

Bryant added to his five National Basketball Association titles and 2008 MVP award among others by winning an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The short film is based on poem that Bryant wrote back in 2015, when he had announced his impending retirement from basketball.

Bryant also narrates the 5-minute short, which is directed by Glen Keane and scored by Oscar-winning composer and Star Wars veteran John Williams. "Whatever form your dream may take, it's through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible", Keane said in his acceptance speech Sunday.

"We are more than shut up and dribble", tweeted James, while Turner added: "I know the individual [Ingraham] who said that statement is watching The Oscars and I hope she still feels dumb as hell".

This comment follows Ingraham's reaction to National Basketball Association player Lebron James who commented on the political issues plaguing the United States of America. "Or as someone once said, 'shut up and dribble'".

Kobe told reporters that his latest triumph felt "better than winning championships".

Among those offering their congratulations via Twitter were Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant's former Lakers teammate, who admitted, "I'm jealous lol". "I swear I do".

Kobe Bryant after his Oscar win on March 4. And I got a lot of, 'That's cute, that's cute. To be here right now and to have like. a sense of validation is. this is insane, man.

"The hardest thing when you start over, you have to quiet the ego and begin again". "This season is all I have left to give. Without you we wouldn't be here and to my wife Vanessa and to our daughters Natalia, Gianna and Bianka ... you are my inspiration".

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant's on-court rivalry, one fueled by hilarious Nike puppet commercials about Bryant's edge in championship rings, never spilled over to an NBA Finals matchup - something James is still disappointed about to this day.

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