Kobe Bryant’s ‘Dear Basketball’ wins Oscar for Best Animated Short

At Sunday night’s 90th annual Academy Awards, Kobe Bryant won another trophy, this one for the Oscar in the Animated Short category.

Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, brought home the golden statue for his contributions to the animated short “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. As executive producer, Bryant accepted his Oscar from “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill. He shared the award with Disney animator Glen Keane.

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  • “And to Kobe, for writing ‘Dear Basketball,’ it’s a message for all of us,” Keane said during his acceptance speech. “Whatever form your dream may take, it’s through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible.”

    Bryant, who seemed in disbelief and had to take a deep breath as he repeatedly looked at

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