Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for 'Dear Basketball'


Posted at Mar 05 2018 10:53 AM

Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane (R) accept the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for "Dear Basketball." Lucas Jackson, Reuters

MVP, five-time NBA champion, and now, an Academy Award winner.

Kobe Bryant added another trophy to his vast collection on Sunday, as his ode to the sport, "Dear Basketball," won the Oscar for Best Animated Short.

The animated short was based around the poem that Bryant wrote to announce his retirement after 20 years of playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, first published on The Players Tribune.

In its brief review, Variety wrote that Bryant's work "packs a powerful emotional punch," thanks in part to the music by John Williams.

"It’s strange, yet surprisingly effective to witness Bryant’s familiar profile transformed into an adorable, Disney-style kiddo via animation legend Glen Keane’s loose graphite drawings," Peter Debruge wrote ahead of the Oscars.

"We see cute, cartoon Kobe sitting on the bed, clutching a basketball as big as his head, dreaming of a pro sports career in precisely the way his success has inspired so many others."

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