#TBT: Kobe Bryant's Oscar win

"I feel better than winning a championship." He's not just a basketball legend — he's an Oscar-winning producer. Here's a look back at Kobe Bryant's Academy Award win.

When Kobe Bryant received the Oscar

Although Bryant was, of course, best known for his iconic NBA career as a Los Angeles Laker, he is also an Oscar winner. He won the Best Animated Short Oscar in 2018 for his autobiographical short, Dear Basketball, which he wrote to pay homage to his love for the game upon retiring after 20 years in the NBA. At the time, Bryant tweeted his excitement and disbelief over his nomination writing: “This is beyond the realm of imagination. Thanks to the genius of @GlenKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honor to be on this team.”

Bryant was just 41 years old

His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, also died in the crash alongside seven others. After the tragic deaths, the NBA postponed the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers game that was supposed to take place at the Staples Center. Bryant's close friend and fellow basketball icon, LeBron James -- who at the time of Kobe’s death played for the Lakers -- was seen crying as he arrived at LAX airport with other members of the team. NBA star Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef O’Neal, got inked in honor of the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, following in the footsteps of Los Angeles Laker LeBron James.

Kobe Bryant's shocking and sudden death has had an impact on all facets of the entertainment world

After the GRAMMYs quickly put together a tribute to the late NBA star after he died in a helicopter crash earlier that morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences confirmed its plans to acknowledge Bryant during the 2020 Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. A moment of silence was held for Bryant at the 2020 Oscars Nominees Luncheon that took place at the Dolby Theatre. The Academy also Instagrammed a picture of Bryant proudly posing with his Oscar.


01/30/2020 10:58 AM
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  • Lyndon
    4 days

    MISSING YOU KOBE! STILL CANT MOVE ON ..FROM A TRAGIC ACCIDENT.. REST IN PEACE "ONE IN A MILLION" and To All The passenger of the Helicopter Crash.. Still Cant Believe It!

  • Pepito G.
    5 days

    Sharing.... tnx..

  • Elie R.
    5 days

    The best kobe Allah yer7amak nafsak bil sama and your daughter 🙏🙏🙏😢

  • Benie T.
    6 days

    Miss u kobe

  • Jayaseelandholin
    6 days

    Thanks God

  • John S.
    6 days

    Mamba #24

  • Andrew J.
    7 days

    He dead tho

  • Alma F.
    7 days

    My Idol! May you Rest in Peace!

  • John Z.
    03/21/2020 15:16

    @ kobeeee

  • Don C.
    03/21/2020 14:58

    Wow thats sad😭

  • Noimie D.
    03/21/2020 10:33

    MambaMentality all the way,Love you idol Kobe😭💔🐍🐐

  • Janelyn I.
    03/21/2020 05:27

    I missss Kobe Bryant

  • Roberto C.
    03/21/2020 04:28

    Your Legacy of Greatness Lives on ... MAMBA FOREVER ...🙏

  • Cheryll M.
    03/21/2020 03:44

    You're one in a million indeed. We are all so blessed to have known you as a person. You are an inspiration not just to your fellow athlete but to your fellow husband,father, son and as a person in general. We are all praying for your family. You will never be forgotten.

  • Ian Z.
    03/21/2020 02:36

    Miss you kobe!

  • Nini K.
    03/20/2020 20:20


  • Niño V.
    03/20/2020 14:25

    I miss you my all time idol😥😥

  • Cavelle B.
    03/20/2020 03:47


  • Connie C.
    03/20/2020 01:09

    You're really admirable...not only in the basketball court.

  • Mukhtaar A.
    03/19/2020 20:54

    Best example basket ball player the one and only Kobe bryant's five champion ship player from Lakers The right one player