Former NBA star Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for best animated short

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.

Dear Basketball, written by Bryant and directed by Glen Keane, is based on a letter Bryant had published on The Players' Tribune website, announcing his plans to retire from basketball.

Bryant's Oscar joins a silverware collection that includes aMost Valuable Player Award, two N.B.A. Finals M.V.P.s, and five N.B.A. titles. After being handed his Oscar, he Bryant alluded to Ingraham's infamous "shut up and dribble" comments.

"So keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, shut up and dribble".

Last night the Oscars had quite a few surprises, and one of them came from National Basketball Association champion Kobe Bryant.

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Kobe Bryant (left) speaks during ceremony to unveil statue of Los Angeles Lakers former center Shaquille O'Neal at Staples Center.

"You know, growing up as a kid, I dreamt of winning championships, and I worked really hard to make that dream come true. So to be here, right now, and to have, like, a sense of validation is, dude - this is insane man". "Whether you're a professional athlete or not, actor or not".

While Bryant is considered one of the best players to ever play the game of basketball, he is also making a name for himself now as a good businessman, as well as a gifted filmmaker.

Backstage, Bryant credited Oprah Winfrey and Shonda Rhimes for sharing their knowledge of the entertainment business, The Associated Press reports. "Thank you Molly Carter, without you we wouldn't be here and to my wife Vanessa and to our daughters Natalia, Gianna and Bianka...you are my inspiration".

When the former Laker told friends and colleagues that he wanted to be a writer and a filmmaker, they humored him, he said. Bryant said. "Well, I want to be a storyteller.' That's cute".


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