Kobe Bryant wins Academy Award, takes shot at Fox News' Laura Ingraham


RETIRED basketball superstar Kobe Bryant - once the toast of Los Angeles for the Lakers - is now a Hollywood A-lister with an Oscar.

Bryant stated, "As basketball players we're really supposed to shut up and dribble, but. we do a bit more than that".

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.

The movie is based on the letter Bryant wrote in November 2015 to media platform The Players' Tribune announcing his retirement from basketball; he played his last game on April 13, 2016.

During his speech, he took a shot at Fox News host Laura Ingram, who made headlines for a commentary in which she told LeBron James to "shut up and dribble". "But, I'm glad we do a little but more than that".

Five-time National Basketball Association champion.

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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.

The young woman subsequently filed a civil suit against Bryant, which was settled out of court two years after her initial accusation.

"Garden Party", "Lou", "Negative Space" and "Revolting Rhymes" were also nominated for Best Animated Short Film.

Bryant's film already took home one honor this week, winning the Best Animated Short Subject at the Annie Awards, given annually to the top achievers in the field of animation.