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#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.

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01/30/2020 10:58 AM

107 comments

  • Barbara G.
    04/09/2020 18:25

    Wow beautiful speech you lived your dream man Gonna miss you though never forget you legend

  • Tristan P.
    04/09/2020 14:47

    F

  • Makelia B.
    04/09/2020 11:40

    Aww such a GREAT person, Athlete, Leader, Father and so much more . RIP KOBE AND GIGI.❤️🌹

  • Arnel B.
    04/09/2020 05:56

    We miss you sir. Love you.

  • Stephen S.
    04/09/2020 03:03

    Detective Conan

  • Fermin M.
    04/09/2020 02:48

    Paz a su alma . KB24.8

  • Yojani G.
    04/08/2020 17:13

    Que pena da ver ese video

  • Paul B.
    04/08/2020 15:45

    Mamba my inspection

  • Mikesel N.
    04/08/2020 06:48

    I love you kobe 😢

  • Pramød G.
    04/08/2020 04:36

    Rest in Peace 💗💗

  • Calmalee L.
    04/07/2020 14:35

    Love this young man's passion for excellence- he earned every accolade and some! Hope the younger generation will make an effort to take his inspiring life and model theirs after his. Love you Kobe for your example and wish his family strength to carry in in the face of such an immense loss

  • Mary M.
    04/07/2020 13:22

    Reminds me when Jesus called his mum Mary 'woman'.Giana here tells the dad man up.R.I.P Giana and Kobe.

  • Eze H.
    04/07/2020 06:08

    Continue to rest in peace

  • Dawit Y.
    04/06/2020 21:02

    Rip

  • Rene J.
    04/06/2020 16:00

    uni bronjaja

  • Marylou M.
    04/06/2020 15:33

    You're really an inspiration...I admire the way you handle yourself, your career, your family but most of all your strong faith in God....You are in totality a very good person...Rest In Peace Kobe and Gigi🦋🦋

  • Tsedensodnom J.
    04/06/2020 01:56

    Ум мани бад ми хум

  • Nazim B.
    04/05/2020 02:48

    ⁦⁦❤️⁩⁦❤️⁩🎩

  • Jo-michael P.
    04/04/2020 02:49

    Well spoken

  • Giro A.
    04/03/2020 11:39

    Missy Yanson

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