Surprise! Kobe Bryant Truly Simply Ended Up Being an Oscar Winner for Dear Basketball

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Bet you weren’t anticipating this throughout the 2018 Oscars!

During tonight’s star-studded award program at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, cast members from Star Wars: The Last Jedi appeared on phase to provide the award for Best Animated Short Film.

While the classification is absolutely nothing brand-new, popular culture fans were rather shocked to find out the winner of tonight’s prize.

Anybody understand previous Los Angeles Lakers and basketball super star Kobe Bryant? Well, he’s now an Oscar winner!

“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble. I’m glad we can do a little bit more than that,” Kobe shared throughout his approval speech. “Thank you Academy for this amazing honor.”



The message was likely a message to Laura Ingraham who just recently encouraged basketball gamer LeBron James to keep his political commentary to himself.

Kobe continued, “Thank you John Williams for a wonderful piece of music. Thank you Verizon for believing in the film…. And to my wife, Vanessa, our daughters, you are my inspiration. Thank you so much, guys. Thank you.”

Dear Basketball is a six-minute movie based upon a letter Kobe composed to The Players’ Tribune on November 29, 2015 revealing his retirement from basketball. The task likewise made an Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject.

Congratulations to Kobe and all the candidates!

Be sure to enjoy E!’s After Party: The 2018 Academy Awards unique at 11: 30 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET/11 p.m. to 12: 30 a.m. PT!

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