It was two weeks ago that beloved sports icon and Lakers player 24 lost his life along with his young daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash that happened just a few hours before the Grammy Awards.
Kobe Bryant was beloved by many and that was shown once again at the 92nd annual Academy Awards. As the Dolby Theater was packed with celebrities, an emotional tribute to the basketball star and cultural phenomenon played on the screen for all to see.
Steven Speilberg announced the In Memoriam that had music superstar and Grammys sweeper Billie Eilish singing a rendition of The Beatles’ “Yesterday.” In the background, Kobe appeared on a screen with his Oscar that he received.
“Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going,” the words read on his image and it all hit many watchers pretty hard. Some took to social media to let out their thoughts.
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“2 years ago you won the Oscar, who would have thought, you’ve inspired so many and like Lebron said there is Kobe in all of us. Rest well Mamba,” one Twitter user typed.
It was already confirmed on Deadline that The Acadamy intended to give a tribute to the great player. However, it wasn’t stated if the tribute would be included in the In Memoriam segment or be its own segment altogether.
“We can confirm that Kobe Bryant will be acknowledged in the telecast,” the Academy said.
Shortly after the Helicopter Crash that caused the death of Bryant, The Academy posted a tribute to him on their Instagram.
“They doubted a kid could make it in the NBA and he proved them wrong. They doubted he could win a championship and he proved them wrong. They doubted he could make movies and he won an Oscar,” the Academy wrote in that post on Instagram. “Like all great artists, Kobe Bryant proved the doubters wrong. Rest in peace.”
There were a few more tributes to the basketball star including some speeches and Spike Lee wearing an entire outfit that was in homage to Kobe. It was Laker’s colors and had the number 24 on both the front and back.
It is great to see The Academy pay attention to the important figure that was Kobe Briant. He is an icon and a name that will be remembered for a very long time for his skills and his personality.