Kobe Bryant Wins An Oscar

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Kobe Bryant became the first professional basketball player to win an Academy Award. The former NBA player turned his retirement essay Dear Basketball into an animated film with Glen Keane. That file took home the 2018 Oscar ward for Best Short Film (Animated).

In his acceptance speech, he threw some shade on Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, saying “I don’t know if it’s possible, I mean, as basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble. I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.” This is direct reference to when she said said LeBron James should just “shut up and dribble.”

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Kobe and Glen pose with their awards in the press room. In the pressroom Kobe said Oprah Winfrey and Shonda Rhimes gave him advice on how to start a studio. “When you have mentors like that, things tend to work out,” he said.

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His former teammate Shaquille O’Neal Tweeted out his congratulations, “Congrats to KOBE first Oscar that’s big bro #dearbasketball. Proud of you, Big honor for you and your family. I’m jealous lol.”

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