An Oscar for Kobe Bryant, and a Jab at a Critic

06 March, 2018, 03:19 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • Kobe Bryant is an Oscar winner

The five-time National Basketball Association champion and animator Glen Keane won the award for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday.

Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, brought home the golden statue for his contributions to the animated short "Dear Basketball", based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball.

The five-time NBA championship victor won the award for his short film, Dear Basketball, and accepted the honor with his director, Glen Keane, during the show.

"As basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble, but I'm glad we're doing a bit more than that", Bryant said.

"We are more than shut up and dribble", tweeted James, while Turner added: "I know the individual [Ingraham] who said that statement is watching The Oscars and I hope she still feels dumb as hell". Even in the #MeToo era, though, it seems unlikely that this particular charge will cause any further harm to Bryant's career, which has mostly managed to move forward unscathed.

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Vanessa and Bryant are parents to 15-year-old Natalia, 11-year-old Gianna, and 1-year-old Bianka.

National Basketball Association icons LeBron James, 'Magic' Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal tweeted their congratulations to Bryant following his Oscar win.

The film was inspired by the poem Bryant wrote abut his retiring from the National Basketball Association after the 2015-16 season following 20 seasons with the Lakers.

Bryant's comment was directed at Fox News' Laura Ingraham, who recently told LeBron James to "Shut up and dribble", in reference to his vocal political opinions. The derogatory statement insinuated that National Basketball Association athletes and presumably ones of African-American descent should just shut up and dribble. "That's cute (they told me when I spoke of my aspirations to be a storyteller)". To be here right now and to have like. a sense of validation is. this is insane, man. "I can't love you obsessively for much longer", it says.

More than 16,000 people have signed a petition online to take back Kobe Bryant's Oscar. Good to see him being the bigger man here, though.



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