Kobe Bryant Says Oscar Win Is ''Better Than Winning the Championship''

Kobe Bryant is an Oscar winner

Melissa Silverstein, founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood, which advocates for diversity in film, was repelled by the enthusiastic response to Bryant's win Sunday night. Oh yeah, it wasn't even nominated for an award, I forgot.

Monday on Fox Sports Radio's "Outkick the Coverage", host Clay Travis reacted to former Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant winning an Oscar for Best Animated Short because of his documentary titled "Dear Basketball".

But, according to CBS News, Twitter users were quick to criticise the "out of touch" Academy for honouring Bryant.

The New York Times critic Glenn Kenny said the animation of "Dear Basketball" had "gorgeous fluency", but that the film was "substance-free, an advertisement for itself".

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Bryant later apologized and admitted that he did cause bruises on the accuser's neck, but claimed it was due to consensual sexual contact.

Bryant also credited his daughter Gianna with providing him with the motivation to press on as a filmmaker, saying, "Well, dad, you always tell us to go after our dreams, so man up".

Mr. Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel employee in Edwards, Colorado, in 2003. The charge accuses Bryant of "sexual penetration or intrusion and (that) he caused submission of the victim through actual physical force", according to the district attorney. Although the criminal case against Bryant was eventually dropped, he settled a civil suit with the alleged victim out of court - a move that seems to continue to cast doubt against Bryant's innocence in the case. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. And now, he's an Oscar victor. But many tweeted about the rape allegations instead. Bryant's retirement led him to start his own production company, Kobe Studios, which is reportedly seeking advice from both TV producers Shonda Rhimes and Oprah Winfrey herself in how to be successful with it.

"@Hollywood, you people make me sick!"

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