Oscars 2020 honored Kobe Bryant with a fitting tribute Sunday night.
Right after director Spike Lee walked the purple carpet in a accommodate inspired by the Lakers legend, the Academy Awards telecast — which aired live Sunday, February nine, 2020 from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles — celebrated the Lakers legend toward the conclude of the present as component of the once-a-year “In Memoriam” phase.
As Billie Eilish sang “Yesterday” by the Beatles, the montage of individuals who died in the earlier year began with a image of Bryant beside a published quotation of his: “Life is too limited to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to maintain shifting. You have to maintain going.”
While Bryant is most effective known for his feats on the basketball court, he has the latest record with Hollywood. In 2018, Bryant gained an Oscar in the group of Ideal Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball.”
Oscars producer Stephanie Allain disclosed at a press conference very last week that Bryant would be integrated for that accomplishment.
“I believe what is truly acceptable is that Kobe was component of the movie neighborhood, and as these types of, he will be embraced within just the ‘In Memoriam’ phase,” she reported.
Bryant wrote, developed and narrated “Dear Basketball,” which was primarily based on a poem he wrote saying his retirement from the NBA. The emotively drawn movie explores what the video game intended to Bryant and his journey to titan status, starting as a younger boy. The piece was scored by famous “Star Wars” composer John Williams.
Bryant shared the award with the short’s director — animation icon Glen Keane, known for his get the job done on Disney movies these types of as “The Minor Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.”
“As basketball gamers, we’re truly meant to shut up and dribble,” Bryant reported in the pair’s acceptance speech. “But I’m happy we’re undertaking a minor little bit a lot more than that.”
That same year, Bryant was encouraged to be a part of the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences by the government committee of the limited movies and feature animation branch. On the other hand, his inclusion was rejected by the standard membership committee.
Bryant died in a helicopter crash on January 26 at the age of 41 along with his daughter Gianna and 7 other people. A community memorial service will be held February 24 at the Staples Center, the Lakers’ household.