Yup, Kobe Bryant Is Now an Oscar Winner

The athlete played in the NBA for 20 years, racked up five national championships and was named an NBA All-Star 18 times throughout his career.

Bryant added to his five National Basketball Association titles and 2008 MVP award among others by winning an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in Los Angeles on Sunday.

But guess what? The basketball star wrote and narrated Dear Basketball, which took home the Oscar for best animated short film.

"You don't have to sit in a tub of ice", Keane told Bryant backstage.

On Twitter, numerous elebrities congratulated Bryant on is win, which can be read below.

In his acceptance speech, the 39-year-old sportsperson said, "As basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble".

Bryant said he heard dismissive comments like "That's cute" when he told people he wanted to become a storyteller in retirement. And it turns out not much is different in his personal life: Bryant is still married to his wife Vanessa, who he married back in 2001.

Bryant's honor comes in the midst of the (hash) MeToo and Time's Up movements to expose abuse and harassment.

According to the Daily News, "The Lakers superstar was accused of rape by a 19-year-old hotel employee who claimed Bryant assaulted her while he was staying at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Colorado".

However, Bryant's accuser did not testify and the criminal case fell apart.

Bryant admitted to a sexual encounter, but insisted it was consensual.

  • Kyle Peterson