Oscars 2020: Kobe Bryant Honoured at the Academy Awards

Oscars 2020: Kobe Bryant Honoured at the Academy Awards

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who passed away two weeks ago in a helicopter crash, was honoured at the Oscars 2020 ceremony held on Sunday night.

Kobe Bryant was honoured by the Academy Awards on Sunday night. The basketball legend, 41, passed away in a helicopter crash on 26th January along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. The sports icon was remembered at the Oscars during the annual In Memoriam segment. Billie Eilish sang Beatles’ song ‘Yesterday’ while a montage of stars who had passed away last year was showcased. It began with a picture of Kobe with his quote, “Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going.” Although best known for his contributions to the world of sports, Kobe had won an Oscar in 2018 for ‘Dear Basketball’, in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Kobe had written, produced and narrated the movie, which was based on a poem he wrote to announce his retirement from basketball. He shared the award with director Glen Keane. In his acceptance speech, Kobe had said, “To my wife, Vanessa; our daughters, Natalia, Gianna, and Bianka; ti amo con tutto il cuore (I love you with all my heart). You are my inspiration. Thank you so much.”

He also said, “As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble. But I’m glad we’re doing a little bit more than that.”

Kobe Bryant won an Oscar in 2018

Kobe Bryant won an Oscar in 2018

At a press conference last week, Oscars producer Stephanie Allain had said Kobe would be part of this year’s Oscars for that achievement. She said, “I think what’s really appropriate is that Kobe was part of the film community, and as such, he will be embraced within the ‘In Memoriam’ segment.”

During the award ceremony, former professional football player Matthew Cherry, who received an Oscar for his animated short film ‘Hair Love’, dedicated his award to Kobe and said, “May we all have a second act as great as his was.”

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.