Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for short film 'Dear Basketball'

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Bryant accepted his Oscar with the film's director Glen Keane.

Media reports indicate that Bryant penned down the script that was based on the poem once published in the Lakers Great website dubbed "The Player's Tribune" after his retirement back in 2015. The Oscar big Shaq is referring to is Kobe's big win for writing, and voicing, Dear Basketball, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short on March 4th, in Hollywood, California. The 39-year-old is the first National Basketball Association player in history to win an Academy Award.

The accuser later filed a separate civil lawsuit against Bryant which was settled out of court; the terms of the settlement were never made public.

"I don't know if it's possible, I mean, as basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble", Bryant said in his speech.

Awards prediction website Gold Derby had Bryant as the odds-on favourite to emerge as the victor in the category. "From years of studying game films, you condition yourself to remember little details".

Bryant's animated short went up against "Lou", "Garden Party", "Negative Space" and "Revolting Rhymes".

"I'm glad we do a bit more than that", he added, before offering his thanks for those who worked on the film.

"Keane also spoke to the audience: "[Dear Basketball] is a message for all of us.

No matter what his critics may say about him, Bryant is truly an astonishing individual that deserves all of the recognition he has received.

Bryant, 39, a five-time National Basketball Association champion, played 20 seasons with the Lakers before retiring following the 2015-16 season.

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