Let it be noted: Kobe Bryant won an Oscar before Gary Oldman. And of course Christopher Nolan and Amy Adams are among the many still waiting.
The 90th Academy Awards were all about firsts, and good for basketball legend Kobe Bryant for stepping up and winning his first Oscar.
Kobe won the Animated Short Film Oscar for writing "Dear Basketball," along with director Glen Keane.
The film is based on a letter Kobe wrote to The Players' Tribute in 2015 announcing his retirement.
Kobe Bryant accepts #Oscar for Best Animated Short: "As basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble. But I'm glad we do a little bit more than that." https://t.co/lJd891ISOk #Oscars pic.twitter.com/5dLQ6CwRlB
— ABC News (@ABC) March 5, 2018
Here are the nominees "Dear Basketball" beat in the Animated Short Film category:
Fans were impressed, surprised, and everything in between:
— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 5, 2018
Kobe Bryant Oscar wins: 1
Alfred Hitchcock Oscar wins: 0
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) March 5, 2018
KOBE BRYANT HAS AN OSCAR. AND STANLEY KUBRICK DOES NOT. L to the O to the L.
— Wesley Morris (@Wesley_Morris) March 5, 2018
Luke Skywalker just handed @kobebryant an Oscar. This just happened.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 5, 2018
What a night for him, and so many others. Here's the full list of Oscar winners.