Oscars 2018: Kobe Bryant wins Best Animated Short Film

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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.

Bryant also narrates the 5-minute short, which is directed by Glen Keane and scored by Oscar-winning composer and Star Wars veteran John Williams. Following sentiments shared by his co-winner who noted that through passion and perseverance, "the impossible is possible", Bryant added: "I don't know if it's possible".

"I mean, as basketball players we're really supposed to shut up and dribble but I'm glad we do a little bit more than that", Bryant said while collecting the award, throwing shade at media personality Laura Ingraham, who recently asked LeBron James to "shut up and dribble" when the Cleveland Cavaliers star voiced his opinions on U.S. President Donald Trump's tenure at the White House.

Bryant said that the inspiration to make his poem into a short animated film, came from his 11 year-old daughter, Gianna, who had told him, "Dad, you always tell us to go after our dreams, so man up".

Bryant's comments appeared to be a direct criticism of Ingraham's suggestion basketball players should just "shut up and dribble" and steer well clear of politics. "Or as someone once said, 'shut up and dribble'".

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

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"I feel better than winning the championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do".

Bryant's retirement led him to start his own production company, Kobe Studios, which is reportedly seeking advice from both TV producers Shonda Rhimes and Oprah Winfrey herself in how to be successful with it. You'll be depressed when your career's over. "That's cute (they told me when I spoke of my aspirations to be a storyteller)". "This is insane, man, it's insane".

It reflects on how time is running out. "You have to learn the basics of things", he said of his foray into film.

Kobe Bryant may have won five NBA championships but the basketball legend says that his Oscar victory ranks as one of his best ever achievements.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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