#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.
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.