Kobe Bryant added “Oscar Winner” to his impressive resume on Sunday night. Dear Basketball, the animated film based on the poem Kobe wrote about his retirement, directed by acclaimed Disney animator Glen Keane and scored by the legendary John Williams, took home Best Animated Short Film at the 2018 Academy Awards.
Needless to say, the win was a pretty huge surprise. However, even more surprising were Kobe’s reflections backstage after collecting his little golden dude.
“I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you,” the Black Mamba told the AP’s Tim Reynolds. “I swear I do.”
Kobe, backstage, clutching Oscar: “I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do.”
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) March 5, 2018
Of course, the answer is pretty simple. Kobe expected to win NBA championships. When it came to basketball the dude was cocky as hell. However, just like the rest of us, Kobe never dreamed he’d win an Academy Award.
Kobe’s Oscar win is like the U.S. Men’s Hockey team beating the Soviets at the 1980 Winter Olympics, or Leicester City winning the Premiere League in 2016. Sometimes the most unexpected triumphs bring the greatest satisfaction.
Hat Tip – [theScore]