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Retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant brought home gold at Sunday night's 90th annual Academy Awards.

Bryant collaborated with producer Gary Keane and legendary film score composer John Williams to make the five minute short based on the essay he wrote when he announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association.

Dear Basketball, written by Bryant and directed by Glen Keane, is based on a letter Bryant had published on The Players' Tribune website, announcing his plans to retire from basketball.

He said: "As basketball players, we're really supposed to shut up and dribble".

"It's incredible to me that Hollywood could be so blind that on the same day they when they won't talk to Ryan Seacrest and when they won't allow Casey Affleck to even present an award at the Oscars, they somehow give Kobe Bryant an Oscar", stated Travis. And to my wife Vanessa, our daughters Natalia, Gianna, and Bianka.

Among them were Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Shaquille O'Neal.

Bryant accepted his Oscar by making a dig at some political commentary made about Lebron James recently. "I swear I do".

Maybe Kobe Bryant was in the wrong line of work all along. You'll be depressed when your career's over.

Bryant clearly has taken to his second career, saying he is also working on a series of novels, adding: "I wake up in the morning, I can't wait to write, I can't wait to get to the studio". "This is insane, man, it's insane".

"The hardest thing for athletes to do is when you start over, you really have to quiet the ego and you have to. begin again. You have to learn the basics of things". "This season is all I have left to give".

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant's on-court rivalry, one fueled by hilarious Nike puppet commercials about Bryant's edge in championship rings, never spilled over to an NBA Finals matchup - something James is still disappointed about to this day.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.