Kobe Bryant Wins an Oscar for ‘Dear Basketball’

5-4-3-2-1. Swish. And just like that, Kobe Bryant became an Oscar winner. The 39-year-old former Lakers player nabbed the coveted gold statue, winning the Best Animated Short award for his short film Dear Basketball in which he (co)wrote, produced, and starred in. Before his thank yous he said, sarcastically, in reference to a FOX newscaster’s covertly racist comment to LeBron James, “Well I don’t know if anything is possible. As a basketball player we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble.”

In the press conference Bryant went on to say, “I feel better than winning the championship. I swear. Growing up as a kid, I dreamt of winning championships and worked really hard. But then to have something like this come out of left field. I heard a lot of people tell me, ‘What are you going to do when you retire?’ I want to be a writer and a storyteller. I got a lot of, ‘That’s cute.’ I got that a lot. To be here right now and have a sense of validation, this is crazy.”