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Kobe Bryant, Glen Keane win Academy Award for "Dear Basketball"

Kobe Bryant, Glen Keane win Academy Award for

Ballin! Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson and more NBA basketball stars are congratulating Kobe Bryant on his epic Oscars win.

"Dear Basketball" was put together by director and illustrator Glen Keane as an animated version of the letter Bryant wrote to announce his retirement.

Wearing a tuxedo and patent shoes, the five-time National Basketball Association championship victor addressed the poem he wrote in 2015 when he announced his retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers, which served as the basis of his award-winning short. The internet both praised his win-and pointed out that he's yet another Academy Award victor who has a history of sexual assault allegations.

Bryant used his speech to call out Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham's flammatory comments that LeBron James should "shut up and dribble" instead of getting political. "From years of studying game films, you condition yourself to remember little details".

When Kobe retired, we all assumed the usual things would happen when a legendary player hangs it up.

Nominated shorts can sometimes be hard to find, but Bryant has made his readily accessible. In response, Ingraham told James that he should "shut up and dribble".

Many people on Twitter were similarly unhappy Sunday night after Bryant won the Oscar.

The former Los Angeles Laker arrived in the press room to a near standing ovation and was swamped with questions.

That ought to go well with the five championship rings in his trophy case.

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