The Oscars honored Kobe Bryant with a fitting tribute on Sunday evening.
After director Spike Lee walked the red carpet in a suit inspired by the Lakers legend, the Oscar broadcast, which was broadcast live on Sunday February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, celebrated the Lakers legend against End of the show as part of the annual “In Memoriam” segment.
When Billie Eilish sang "Yesterday" by The Beatles, the montage of those who passed away last year began with a picture of Bryant along with a written quote from him: "Life is too short to be stuck and discouraged." You have to keep moving. You have to keep going. "
Although best known for his basketball court performance, Bryant has a recent history with Hollywood. In 2018, Bryant won an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category for “Dear Basketball”.
Oscars producer Stephanie Allain announced at a press conference last week that Bryant would be there for the achievement.
"I think what is really appropriate is that Kobe was part of the film community and as such will be represented in the" In Memoriam "segment," she said.
Bryant wrote, produced and told "Dear Basketball" based on a poem he wrote when he announced his retirement from the NBA. The emotionally drawn film examines what the game meant for Bryant and his journey to the Titan, starting as a young boy. The piece was recorded by the legendary "Star Wars" composer John Williams.
Bryant shared the award with the director of the short film – animation icon Glen Keane, who is known for his work on Disney films such as "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin".
"As a basketball player, we should actually shut up and dribble," Bryant said in the couple's acceptance speech. "But I'm glad we do a little bit more."
In the same year, Bryant was recommended by the Executive Committee of the Short Films and Feature Film Department to participate in the Academy of Arts and Sciences for Feature Films. However, its admission was rejected by the general assembly.
Bryant died in a helicopter accident on January 26 at the age of 41 with his daughter Gianna and seven others. A public commemoration will take place on February 24th at the Staples Center, home of the Lakers.