National Basketball Association legend Kobe Bryant won the Oscar for best short animated film in Sunday's award ceremony in Los Angeles.
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.
He shared the award with director and illustrator Glen Keane, who put together the film. "But now that I'm in a movie and film and TV business and doing so many things, if at some point we can be nominated and win the Oscar, that would be something that I never thought that would happen for sure".
Bryant's Oscar win, however, seems to fly in the face of Time's Up and #MeToo movements.
He thanked his wife, Vanessa, and his three daughters, naming each of them.
National Basketball Association icons LeBron James, 'Magic' Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal tweeted their congratulations to Bryant following his Oscar win. "My God. I feel better than winning championships".
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant won five National Basketball Association championships through the course of 20-year career in the National Basketball Association. You'll be depressed when your career is over and you'll come back to playing.' I got that a lot.
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. "This is insane, man, it's insane". "That's cute (they told me when I spoke of my aspirations to be a storyteller)".
"The hardest thing when you start over, you have to quiet the ego and begin again". "John Williams, it sounds insane to even say that, but after he scored the film, he looked at me and Glen and goes, "Okay, that was way too short, you gotta give me something longer, '" Kobe revealed".
It ends by counting down the final five seconds on a game clock.
Kobe Bryant now adds an Oscar to his impressive collection of NBA Championships, Gold Medals, and sports awards.