Basketball star Kobe Bryant wins Oscar

Former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film Sunday night

RETIRED basketball superstar Kobe Bryant - once the toast of Los Angeles for the Lakers - is now a Hollywood A-lister with an Oscar. "This is insane, man, it's insane".

Former NBA star Kobe Bryant's film "Dear Basketball" won the Academy Award for "best animated short" Sunday, but the win brought sharp criticism to the academy, coming as it did amid the rise of the #MeToo and Time's Up movement. He shared the award with Disney animator Glen Keane.

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

Since hanging up his basketball shoes, Bryant has delved into business (a new Nike shoe) and various forms of storytelling.

When he told people he wanted to write and tell stories after retiring from basketball, Bryant said he the reaction was, "That's cute, you'll be depressed when your career's over. You have to learn the basics of things", he said. And it turns out not much is different in his personal life: Bryant is still married to his wife Vanessa, who he married back in 2001. They welcomed their third child in 2016.

Backstage, Bryant credited Oprah Winfrey and writer-producer Shonda Rhimes for sharing their knowledge of the entertainment business.

The young woman subsequently filed a civil suit against Bryant, which was settled out of court two years after her initial accusation. In July 2003, Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado.

However, Bryant's accuser did not testify and the criminal case fell apart.

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