Oscars, Spike Lee, And Matthew A. Cherry Honor Kobe Bryant

Tanya Simon
February 14, 2020

Director Spike Lee, who took home an Oscar in 2019 for best adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, was in attendance at the 92nd Academy Awards. In 2018, Bryant won an Oscar for his short film, "Dear Basketball".

A public memorial for the the 41-year-old Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven others who died in the January 26 crash is set for later this month (Feb. 24) at Staples Center. His creation was inspired by the letter - through which he announced his retirement - he wrote to The Players' Tribune in 2015. Renowned composer John Williams created the score for the project.

Kirk Douglas, John Singleton, Rip Torn, Danny Aiello, Peter Fonda and Anna Karina were among those mentioned.

In Bryant's acceptance speech at the 2018 Oscars, he spoke about how grateful he was to have created his award-winning short film.

Oscars 2020 Red Carpet: Director Spike Lee pays tribute to Kobe Bryant, wears Lakers-colored tuxedo

"I don't know if it's possible".

A known New York Knicks fan and a native of the south, Lee paying homage to Kobe shows us just how much the future Hall of Famer meant to pretty much every basketball fan. "I am talking about what we gotta squash for Vanessa, the family", he told Porter, seemingly referring to some of the negative headlines made following the death of the National Basketball Association legend. You see it through all the VHS tapes of all past games. "When you have a profession that you love, that makes all the difference in the world".

In addition to the Oscar, "Dear Basketball" won a Sports Emmy Award and an Annie Award.

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