Bryant added to his five National Basketball Association titles and 2008 MVP award among others by winning an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Bryant, 39, was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Colorado in 2003.
The criminal case was dropped after Bryant's accuser refused to testify. He now has more Oscars than iconic actors such as Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson, and Glenn Close who have all been nomiated but have never won.
"People say that rape allegations will ruin a man's life but here is Kobe winning an Oscar in front of my own eyes", podcaster Aminatou Sow wrote. Entertainment Weekly correspondent Dana Schwartz tweeted.
Kobe Bryant, victor of the award for best animated short for "Dear Basketball", poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
"I'm so excited to see what God has in store for us as a family now that one chapter is closing and new ones are opening", she said. "I mean, as basketball players we're really just supposed to shut up and dribble, but I'm glad but I'm thankful we were able to do a bit more than that", Bryant said as he accepted the trophy.
Both the letter and the film deal largely with Bryant's love of a basketball that began at a very early age. The retired National Basketball Association player went on to thanking the Academy "for this unbelievable honor". "Thank you Verizon for believing in the film", he added.
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