When and Why Did Kobe Bryant win an Oscar?

Published 04/25/2021, 11:28 PM EDT
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: NBA player Kobe Bryant attends the premiere of Showtime’s “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” at The London Hotel on February 26, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


What made Kobe Bryant special was his unprecedented love for the game of basketball that extended the four hypothetical walls of the court. After he passed away in a horrible helicopter crash last year, friends, families, teammates, and fans opened up about the different ways the Lakers legend played a role in their life – from helping them become a better person to even becoming a better player.

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Even when his Hall of Fame career came to an end, he gave a tribute to the sport that made him who he was. And when Kobe does something, he never ceases to amaze. His efforts ended with him winning an Oscar award. In fact, he became the first African-American to ever win the award in that category.

It seems like doing something that has never been done has always been one of Kobe’s specialties. So, what was this short film all about that won one of the greatest honors in cinema?

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“Dear Basketball”: A goodbye to his beloved sport

In 2018, Bryant took home his first Oscar trophy for the best animated short film. Directed and animated by the one and only Glen Keane, “Dear Basketball” was released when Kobe announced his retirement from the NBA. As hard it was for fans all over to accept it, Kobe’s note to basketball in this film was beautiful which makes this award well-deserved.

This five-and-a-half-minute short film had a poem that the Lakers superstar wrote for ‘The Players’ Tribune’ back in 2015. Some of the beautiful lines in the film included: “I fell in love with you / A love so deep I gave you my all / From my mind and body / To my spirit and soul.

“This season is all I have left to give. / My heart can take the pounding / My mind can handle the grind / But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.” 

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts to allowing a layup by Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second half of the Nuggets’ 99-90 win at the Pepsi Center on Sunday, January 1, 2012. AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post (Photo By AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant was proud of his achievement

Who wouldn’t be thrilled to win an Oscar? Filmmakers die to even be nominated, and Kobe nailed it. It is a testament to the fact that he always strived to achieve the best. He didn’t stop until he did.

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While accepting the award, he stated, “As basketball players we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble. I’m glad we’re doing much more than that.”

This poem was mostly about moving on and letting go of basketball, the sport he loved so dearly. However, he also expressed that even if he has said his goodbyes, he will forever remain that 6-year-old who became obsessed with basketball. Watch the film if you haven’t yet.

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Read Also- How Kobe Bryant Inspired Julius Randle to Improve His Games By Setting His Priorities Straight

 

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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