Maybe Kobe Bryant was in the wrong line of work all along.
It took him 12 seasons in the NBA to claim an MVP award, a feat he’d accomplish just once in a 20-year tenure. But in the middle of his second season as a retired basketball player, he’s already reached the mountaintop in his next career—on Sunday night, Bryant and animator Glen Keane won the Academy Award for best animated short for their film “Dear Basketball,” based on the ode the five-time champion wrote to the sport to announce his retirement.
During their acceptance speech, Bryant ripped a Fox News host for implying LeBron James and all other basketball players shouldn’t affect the world outside of their sport.
— Fanatics View (@fanaticsview) March 5, 2018
“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble, but I’m glad we’re doing a bit more than that,” Bryant said.
“Thank you, Academy, for this amazing honor. Thank you, John Williams, for such a wonderful piece of music. Thank you, Verizon, for believing in the film. Thank you, Molly Carter, without you we wouldn’t be here. And to my wife Vanessa, our daughters Natalia, Gianna, and Bianka. Ti amo con tutto il mio cuore. You are my inspiration. Thank you so much, guys, thank you.”
To be a voting member of the academy, you have to work in the film industry. Meaning a sizable portion of them live in Los Angeles, which in turn means you know a bunch of them have to be Los Angeles Lakers fans; a movie competing with Kobe’s could have been the second coming of “8 1/2” and it still wouldn’t have stood a chance.
Anyway, here’s a whole bunch of film legends who have fewer Oscars than an NBA player who retired a year and a half ago.
Kobe Bryant has now won more #Oscars than:
Paul Thomas Anderson
— Igor Shteyrenberg (@igor_s__) March 5, 2018
Kobe Bryant has more Oscars than Glenn Close, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., Harrison Ford, Joaquin Phoenix, Johnny Depp, Sigourney Weaver, Ed Norton, Christopher Nolan, Sigourney Weaver, Annette Benning, Ed Harris, Michelle Williams, Bill Murray and John Travolta combined.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) March 5, 2018