Kobe Bryant wins his first-ever Oscar for 'Dear Basketball'

Kobe Bryant Dear Basketball 90th Academy Awards

At Sunday night's 90th annual Academy Awards, Kobe Bryant won another trophy, this one for the Oscar in the Animated Short category.

Sports Illustrated reported that the short film, based on Bryant's 2015 letter in the Player's Tribune, was directed with animator Glen Keane.

He shared the award with director and illustrator Glen Keane, who put together the film. "Whatever form your dream may take, it's through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible".

He said: "As basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble".

Accepting his Oscar at the ceremony in Los Angeles, Bryant referenced Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who recently said that National Basketball Association players should simply "shut up and dribble". "Or as someone once said, 'shut up and dribble'".

"I feel better than winning the championship, to be honest with you".

Bryant's award earned him praise from illustrious members of the National Basketball Association community including former teammate-turned-rival Shaquille O'Neal who, perhaps for the first time in his career, admitted being jealous of the former Los Angeles Lakers' guard. "I swear I do".

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In a night full of milestones and historic firsts, Bryant's win for, "Best Animated Short" was no different. "That's cute (they told me when I spoke of my aspirations to be a storyteller)". You'll be depressed when your career is over and you'll come back to playing.' I got that a lot. To be here right now and to have like. a sense of validation is. this is insane, man.

"The hardest thing to do for athletes is to quiet the ego", Bryant said.

It reflects on how time is running out.

"This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the National Basketball Association", she said. "This season is all I have left to give. But my body knows it's time to say goodbye".

Few could have predicted that National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant would follow up 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association and five championship wins with an Academy Award. "Without you we wouldn't be here and to my wife Vanessa and to our daughters Natalia, Gianna and Bianka ... you are my inspiration".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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